Anthony Brooks, a rising senior, has been interested in politics and government for the past few years. Majoring in political science and economics at Christendom has intensified his interest and given him the skills and knowledge he needs to pursue the world of politics after college. This summer, Brooks is working in D.C. in a competitive internship at the Department of Justice, where he is gaining skills and making connections that will give him an edge in the field post-graduation.
Brooks, a native of Stafford, Virginia, discovered the internship possibility thanks to political science professor Rafael Madan, who teaches constitutional law at Christendom. He’s an authority on the subject because, when he’s not at Christendom, he is the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice. While he has this large role in the Federal Government, Madan still commutes to Front Royal each week to teach Christendom students because he sees such a task as important for the future of America.
Brooks, with help from the college’s career office, found the Pathways Internship Program — a special program designed by the government to help current college students gain the skills necessary for federal careers. After applying for the internship, he got in contact with Madan and informed him of his recent application and requested the opportunity to speak with him about the position.
Because Brooks had been formed with a strong ability to think and write, skills which he developed in his core curriculum studies, he impressed Madan in the classroom. Additionally, thanks to the opportunity to study and form a relationship with Madan prior to applying, Brooks and his application stood out from the competition, resulting in his selection for the position, working within Madan’s Office of the General Counsel.
“I wanted this internship because I wanted to gain valuable experience from professor Madan and open doors that would not have been possible without this opportunity. I am grateful for both professor Madan and the career office, because without their guidance or assistance I could have possibly been just another applicant in a large stack.”
On a daily basis, Brooks spends his time researching and summarizing relevant legal documents, and subsequently creating reports that assist attorneys in their legal work. All of these things add up to an internship opportunity that is valuable for any college student, and one for which Brooks is very grateful.
Thanks to the college’s proximity to Washington, D.C., and its many connections there, Christendom has helped countless current students and alumni find internships and jobs within the Federal Government. Brooks is the latest in a long line of students who have descended upon Capitol Hill and brought Christendom to the halls of power there — a place that sorely needs a good dose of Christendom ideals, making the college’s proximity to there all the more important.
Brooks hopes to attend law school next fall, eventually working at the Department of Justice as a United States Attorney.