Shannon Cantwell, daughter of Dr. John and Monica Cantwell of Fairhope, AL, completed an internship in the Washington office of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
While in Washington, Shannon completed legislative research, conducted tours of the U.S. Capitol building, and attended hearings on various important issues.
“The Congressional Internship Program is an important complement to these students' academic studies. Their experiences help bring to life what they have studied in the classroom,” Shelby said. “The internship fosters a fuller and richer understanding of our government's legislative process, while providing a first-hand view of public service. I know that the students that hold these internships will go on to achieve great things.”
Shannon graduated Summa cum Laude from Furman University in May 2011. She was the president of her senior class and also a member of Furman’s track team. She founded the non-profit organization Athletes for Africa, is a champion Irish step dancer, and will be pursuing a Masters of Science in International Management this coming fall at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Senator Shelby’s Congressional Internship Program is open to college students who exhibit an interest in government and public service.