Release Date: 5/19/2014
University of the Ozarks senior Cameron Coker with spend part of his summer working as an intern for Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor in Washington, D.C.
Senior history major Cameron Coker will spend the summer working as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor
Coker, a history major from Russellville, Ark., will be one of 12 interns assigned to Sen. Pryor's D.C. office.
"I will spend six weeks living in the nation's capital and working in the senator's office," Coker said. "My duties will include giving capital tours to guests, researching legislation, preparing press memos and any other errands they decide to give me."
Coker said he is excited about the networking opportunities the internship with offer him, not only with Sen. Pryor but other congressmen and their staffs as well. He feels prepared to make a contribution to Sen. Pryor's team.
"I was the president of the Ozarks Young Democrats last year, and I co-host the [Democrat Discussion] radio show, which forces to me to keep my head in the game and stay on top of what is happening in Washington and at the state level as well," Coker explained. "Both have helped prepare me for what I'll be doing in the internship, because some of it will be researching legislation and talking about politics to other people."
As a May 2014 graduate, Coker is using this internship to jump-start his career. While still finalizing his immediate plans, he knows that law school and a legal career are in his future.
"I've been accepted to a few places, but I'm still I'm making my final decision about where I'll be going to law school," Coker said. "But after law school, I'd like to practice on a local level first, working for social advocacy groups. I hope my legal education will help me get into politics eventually. I'd like to either run for office or work on campaigns for others."