Aug 07 2018

Birmingham Native Completes Capitol Hill Internship

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that Ben Nelson of Mountain Brook, Alabama, completed an internship this summer in his Washington, D.C., office.

During Nelson’s time on Capitol Hill, he assisted staff in the front office, conducted tours of the U.S. Capitol building, and attended hearings on various issues important to Senator Shelby.

“The Congressional Internship Program provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the day-to-day workings of Capitol Hill,” said Senator Shelby.  “First-hand involvement in our nation’s legislative process gives students a realistic perspective of various topics taught in the classroom.  I have no doubt that these students have bright futures ahead of them and am grateful for their hard work and assistance to my Washington office.”

Ben Nelson is the son of Jay and Emily Nelson of Mountain Brook, and has one sibling, Cummings Nelson, who will be a senior at Mountain Brook High School in the fall.  As a rising junior at Auburn University, Nelson is majoring in finance and minoring in political science.  He is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and enjoys playing golf and basketball in his spare time. 

“Interning in Senator Shelby’s office on Capitol Hill has been an amazing experience.  Being able to work alongside awesome staffers within Senator Shelby’s office has allowed me to see the ‘behind the scenes’ effort that goes into the legislative process,” said Ben Nelson.  “I also really enjoyed speaking with constituents regarding their concerns and requests, as well as attending meetings and hearings on topics that interest me.  I appreciate the opportunity given to me by the Shelby office, and it is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

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