Junior Joins Clinton Foundation as Communications Intern

Jessica Himes and Governor

CONWAY, Ark. (July 17, 2013) – Jessica Himes, a junior English and psychology double major from Lenexa, Kan., applied for summer internships across the country in hopes of figuring out what she does and does not want to do in her post-Hendrix life.

"I was not looking for anything glamorous, just something that was appealing and would add to my college experience," said Himes.

Initially Himes' internship search was independent until she met with a Clinton Foundation representative at a career fair sponsored by Hendrix's Office of Career Services.

"I've always been interested in non-profits and political environments, so the Clinton Foundation caught my eye of course," said Himes, who is now working as a communications intern with the Clinton Foundation's Little Rock office.

Like most interns, Himes' internship entails a wide variety of activities between the Clinton Presidential Library and the foundation office, such as assisting with social media, newsletters, and assorted writing tasks. She has handled events and exhibit openings and has recently been filming a kids' culinary camp at the museum.

Her internship is the perfect launch pad for the nonprofit world and will help her navigate decisions about life after graduation, whether that is working in Washington D.C., graduate programs, law school, campaign work, or another industry entirely.

"Even after only four weeks, I can already tell that I would love to work for a family like the Clintons," she said. "It's fulfilling to work in the name of someone who is doing so much good for the world, and the political world always feels very 'happening' and forward-looking."

Himes believes that this internship is more than just a specific task she might be doing.

"It is about the people we meet and the experiences we get to have, and if you are proactive, you can learn and soak up so much from those people and those experiences," she said. "I have learned that every small thing, every detail, is important, and all of it will lead us interns towards figuring out what we want to do."

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.