BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon-Upshur High School student recently earned an internship this summer in Washington D.C. with United States Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin III. Soon to be junior at B-UHS, Hank Phillips received word that he was selected to spend a few weeks at the Nation’s Capitol for Senator Manchin’s 2021 Summer Internship Program.
While visiting family in the area, Phillips toured the U.S. Capitol where two of Senator Manchin’s interns provided a tour and information regarding the internship. “I was able to ask them questions about their experience and knew right then that I wanted to get involved,” Phillips told The Record Delta. Shortly after his visit, Phillips submitted his application through Senator Manchin’s website, where he was required to provide his GPA, awards received, accomplishments and an essay.
Phillips said he is most excited about “being a part of a political and professional environment, as someone who is an aspiring politician. I can’t wait to meet new people and learn how things work from the inside.”
Following high school, Phillips plans to pursue degrees in political science and law. With this, he is considering practicing law for awhile then jumping into politics. “It will be a lot of work, but I am willing and ready,” he expressed. Phillips’ interests in these fields of study and potential future career sparked his interest for this internship and he said he is so grateful to have received this opportunity.
Regarding his hopeful outcome of the experience, Phillips noted, “I believe I will gain great knowledge on how our government works and the type of work environment I could possibly be having one day, while learning how to work well in a professional setting.”