Jun 07 2019

Montevallo Graduate Completes Capitol Hill Internship

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that Mary Light, daughter of Barbara and Billy Light of Enterprise, Alabama, has completed an internship in his Washington office this month.

During her time interning for Senator Shelby, Light attended hearings on issues regarding banking and appropriations, wrote memos for legislative staffers, and compiled press materials for the communications team.  She also led Alabama families on tours of the U.S. Capitol and assisted constituents 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.  “Mary Light 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 Mary has a bright future ahead of her and am grateful for her hard work and assistance.”

In May 2019, Light graduated summa cum laude from the University of Montevallo, where she earned degrees in both communication studies and political science.  While at Montevallo, she received the 2018-2019 Senior Elite Award as the top student in the political science department.  As part of the Student Government Association, she served on the University’s Board of Trustees as the student trustee.  Light also worked in the Office of University Advancement and served on Montevallo’s Justice Council.  As a graduate, she now plans to pursue opportunities in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

“Interning for Senator Shelby’s office has been such an honor.  This internship has given me the opportunity to further my interests in Washington and learn more about the issues in my home state,” said Mary Light.  “Throughout my time as an intern, I have gained so much respect for the hardworking staff members in Senator Shelby’s office.  They truly work as a team and consider the interests of Alabama in everything they do.  I have been so fortunate to work in this office and hope that in my own career, I can emulate the people I have met here.”

Senator Shelby’s Congressional Internship Program is open to students who exhibit an interest in government and public service.