Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that Cole Wise, son of Lisha and Halsey Wise of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, has completed an internship this month in his Washington office.
During Wise’s time in Senator Shelby’s office on Capitol Hill, he carried out a multitude of congressional tasks. Wise researched pertinent information for legislative staffers at briefings and hearings on topics ranging from NASA and defense to healthcare and medical research funding. Additionally, he led constituent tours of the U.S. Capitol, as well as served the citizens of Alabama with various requests.
“The Congressional Internship Program provides students with the unique opportunity to experience our nation’s legislative process first-hand,” said Senator Shelby. “Cole Wise did an excellent job assisting with the day-to-day tasks of my Washington office, while also gaining a greater understanding of our federal government and other topics taught in the classroom. I have no doubt that Cole has a bright future ahead of him and am grateful for his hard work and assistance.”
This month, Wise graduates from Episcopal High School, a boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia, and is planning to attend the University of Virginia in Charlottesville next fall. Wise attended Episcopal for four years and excelled inside and outside the classroom. As an elected Monitor, member of the Honor Committee, and a dual varsity captain, Wise learned a lot about leadership and teamwork. He plans to utilize the skills he has developed from his experiences both at Episcopal and in Senator Shelby’s office as he begins college in the fall.
“Interning for Senator Shelby has been an incredible honor and an experience that I am sure will prove its value in the years to come,” said Cole Wise. “Having the opportunity to work for someone like Senator Shelby is almost surreal, and I have enjoyed soaking in all that the Senator, my fellow colleagues, and Capitol Hill has to offer. I could not be more appreciative of this opportunity and the people I have been surrounded by in the office. I have learned so much and plan on carrying all of these teachings into the next chapter of life and into my next workplace.”
Senator Shelby’s Congressional Internship Program is open to students who exhibit an interest in government and public service.