Thor Christianson, son of Dr. Holly Richter and Dr. Bruce Christianson of Shelby County in Alabama, completed an internship in the Washington office of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
While in Washington, Thor 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.”
Thor is a rising sophomore at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where is he pursuing a degree in political science and is an active member on the mock trial team. Thor will be graduating from UAB two years early and is planning to attend graduate school and law school so that he can practice law in Alabama. He also holds a black belt in Oyama karate and is interested in the political issues that impact Alabama.
Senator Shelby’s Congressional Internship Program is open to college students who exhibit an interest in government and public service.