North Augusta grad soon to intern in Washington, D.C.

  • Posted: 4/20/2013 12:20 PM
    6/1/2013 5:52 PM
North Augusta grad soon to intern in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Cohen, a 2011 graduate of North Augusta High School, is in line for an intense immersion in the world of national politics in a few weeks, having been chosen for an internship with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

The Winthrop University junior, pursuing a major in political science and a minor in international relations studies, said she expects to be doing “mostly clerical things” in her new role, serving May 13 to June 7 in Washington, D.C.

“I’m looking forward to being able to be in D.C. in this really political time,” she said, citing the examples of gun rights and immigration as being especially prominent. “Those are two issues that are very near and dear to my heart.”

The 20-year-old, whose parents are Rob and Anne Cohen, said she plans to stay with some family friends in Fairfax, Va., during her internship.

As for her long-term ideas, she said, “My goal is to go to grad school and get a doctorate in political science ... I haven’t decided if I want to work in the government or be a professor, but my goal is to ... do something within the public-policy realm.”

Her roles at Winthrop have included service as vice president of the local affiliate of One, an international organization described in its promotional material as “a hard-headed movement of people around the world fighting the absurdity of extreme poverty.”

Among her honors at the university has been the Mary Jeanne Byrd Award for Political and Civic Engagement, which recognizes a student who, through “dedication and commitment to community service, activism, service learning and/or volunteerism, has enhanced life in the Rock Hill or the greater Charlotte metropolitan area.”