Aug 07 2018

Birmingham Native Completes Capitol Hill Internship

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that Whitt Watts of Birmingham, Alabama, completed an internship with the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Defense in Washington, D.C., this summer.

During Watts’ time with the subcommittee, he had the unique opportunity to assist committee staff during the bill writing and mark up process.  He helped research issues and worked alongside the other appropriations subcommittees to address various tasks. 

“The Congressional Internship Program provides students with an excellent opportunity to learn about the day-to-day workings of Capitol Hill,” said Senator Shelby.  “First-hand involvement in our nation’s legislative process gives students direct experience with the lessons they learn 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 office.”  

Whitt Watts is the son of Anna and Brant Watts of Birmingham and is a rising junior at Auburn University.  He is working toward a degree in political science and communication and has plans to pursue government service at both the state and national level.  Watts is a member of Auburn's SGA Cabinet where he serves as the Assistant Director of Political Affairs, as well as a member of Theta Chi fraternity.

“I am so grateful for the opportunities presented to me throughout this internship,” said Whitt Watts.  “Working in Senator Shelby’s office has allowed me to meet so many amazing people, explore a beautiful city, and learn valuable lessons that will last a lifetime.  It is an honor to be able to serve my home state on the national level, and I thank Senator Shelby for this experience.”

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