Interns in government and advocacy to hear from Christie, Norcross—and a host of political pros—during summit at Rowan

Interns in government and advocacy to hear from Christie, Norcross—and a host of political pros—during summit at Rowan

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The second annual bipartisan Mid-Atlantic Political Intern Summit will bring more than 130 interns together to talk politics, build careers, and create invaluable networks
As they did at the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Political Intern Summit in 2018 (above), political interns from more than 40 different colleges and universities and 10 different high schools will create invaluable networks at the August 1 summit.

Former New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ) will be among a host of distinguished speakers in areas of politics, government, and social advocacy to address more than 130 collegiate political interns during the second annual Mid-Atlantic Political Intern Summit (MAPIS) on Thursday, August 1, at Rowan University.

Presented by the Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship (RIPPAC), the free, bipartisan summit will bring together students from a host of colleges and universities who are serving political internships in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington D.C. All interns are working this summer in politics, government or issue advocacy and hail from more than 40 different colleges and universities and 10 different high schools.

The summit will include a keynote address by Norcross at 9:15 a.m. and a capstone address by Christie at 1:30 p.m. 

Throughout the day, which runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Rowan’s Business Hall, interns will hear from prominent political leaders, analysts, consultants and strategists on issues ranging from the future of the Republican and Democratic parties, careers in politics for women and minorities, and protecting the 2020 vote from foreign influences.

Interns also will learn about networking and career building, both in sessions and during lunch with summit speakers.

Speakers, among others, include:

- Christy Gleason, senior strategist for U.S. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware;

- Larry Weitzner, the lead ad maker for the Trump for President campaign and CEO of Jamestown Associates, one of the nation’s premier political consulting firms;

- Former Senior U.S. State Department Advisor and Christie political advisor Matt Mowers, now CEO of Matt Mowers, Inc.;

- Veteran Democratic political strategist Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart Communications LLC, a leading political data solutions provider;

Jason Redd, former executive director and general counsel to the New Jersey Senate Majority Office, who is now with Gibbons Law in Washington, D.C.;

Marilyn Davis, former senior strategist for the Democratic National Committee and currently New Jersey Area Director for Government Affairs for Altice (Cablevision);

James Lamond, senior policy adviser for the Center for American Progress, where he focuses on issues related to U.S.-Russia relations and European politics and security;

Patrick Rigby, chief of staff for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness;

Christina Renna, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey; and

Grace Power, chief of staff for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

“The one-day program will focus on networking, training, and political discussion,” notes Ben Dworkin, founding director of RIPPAC. “Not only are we bringing together some of today’s top millennial influencers, but the future political, business and philanthropic leadership in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.”

RIPPAC is dedicated to informing, engaging and training Rowan students, faculty and the public on issues related to the practice of politics and citizen participation. The institute hosts programs and guest speakers; supports students through academic and career development, internships and scholarships; and connects faculty and students from across the University with public entities to facilitate public policy research and discussion.