Student to intern with senator

  • Posted: 5/19/2013 3:05 PM
    6/1/2013 5:48 PM

Byron Thomas, as a student of political science, is looking to head to the epicenter of political power in a few weeks, to serve as an intern to Sen. Tim Scott.

“I met him on numerous occasions, and I’ve worked for him,” said Thomas, a 2011 graduate of North Augusta High School. “I am going to enjoy working for him, because he has such a great reputation in our state.”

The 21-year-old honor student, whose parents are Jeff and Lana Thomas, recently completed his sophomore year at USC Beaufort and is planning to head to Columbia in the fall, to pursue a degree from USC in political science, possibly with a minor in public relations.

Thomas said his internship with Scott is unpaid, which is presenting some challenges in terms of raising enough money, over the next few weeks, to pay for room and board. The internship is to run from July 8 through Aug. 16, and he is looking to get in touch with some of his future peers to make housing arrangements for the summer.

Thomas’ background in college includes participation in USCB’s track team, as a high jumper and sprinter. He won all-conference recognition as a member of the Sandsharks’ 4 by 400-meter relay team, and also was chosen for the all-conference academic team.

His recent activities included placing signs and making hundreds of phone calls on behalf of former Gov. Mark Sanford’s successful campaign for Congress.

As for a career, Thomas said he is considering politics and the military.

“I want to know what I’m getting into, dealing with politicians, and I feel like doing an internship is the perfect way to test the waters and see if I’m really going to love what I hope God wants me to do.”

Politics is a “dirty game,” he said. “Sometimes a lot of good people can go to Washington and then get corrupted, and that’s what I’m afraid of.”

He added, “At the end of the day, I just want to be a leader and do good and help people.”