Jul 15 2019

Huntsville Native Completes Capitol Hill Internship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that A.J. Brien of Huntsville, Alabama, has completed an internship in his Washington office this month.

During his time interning for Senator Shelby, Brien attended hearings on behalf of the office, answered constituent phone calls, and completed other tasks as needed for Senator Shelby and his staff.  Additionally, Brien led numerous constituent tours of the U.S. Capitol and assisted Alabamians with various requests.

“A.J. Brien was a huge help to my office and the people of Alabama during his time as an intern here in Washington,” said Senator Shelby.  “Participating in the Congressional Internship Program gives students interested in government and public service a unique opportunity to experience the day-to-day workings of Capitol Hill while learning about our nation’s legislative process.  I am grateful for A.J.’s hard work and know he has a bright future ahead of him.”   

Brien, the son of Rachel and Fred Brien of Huntsville, Alabama, is a rising junior at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and taking post-graduate classes to work toward his Master’s degree in business administration.  In addition to his studies, Brien is the Student Government Association’s Director of Outreach and a student ministry small group leader at Mount Zion Baptist Church.  Brien hopes to find an opportunity in foreign relations intelligence either in Huntsville or Washington upon graduation. 

“Having the opportunity to serve Senator Shelby and his staff for the last month has been one of the biggest blessings of my life,” said A.J. Brien.  “Whether I was completing tasks such as writing memos or researching legislation, his office made me feel like my work was important and that I was contributing to the team.  The experience that I have gained over the past couple of weeks will shape my future in ways that I cannot describe.  I am excited to take what I have learned back to Huntsville and my campus.  I thoroughly enjoyed serving Senator Shelby’s constituents and listening to their needs, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to spend a month in Washington interning for Senator Shelby.”

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