Meet the Mackinac Summer Interns

Our summer interns: Luke Derheim, Alexa Malesky, Jacob Weaver, Janelle Cammenga, Michael McKenzie and Josh Paladino.

Every year, the Mackinac Center accepts interns in order to teach and grow the next generation of liberty-minded individuals. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” This summer, six new interns from five schools have joined the staff, helping the Mackinac Center continue advancing liberty.  

Janelle Cammenga, a rising sophomore at Dordt College, is joining the Mackinac Center for a second summer. As a National Merit Scholar, Janelle is pursuing a major in English and minor in chemistry, but still saves time to write for her school newspaper and learn to juggle. She will be working alongside James Hohman in fiscal policy.

A connoisseur of “Scandal” and “Law and Order SVU,” Alexa Malesky joins us from Michigan State University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in political science and pre-law. She will be returning to MSU to complete her master’s degree in public policy. During the school year, she works for a lobbying firm in Lansing and conducts research on charter schools;  she fits perfectly in the education policy initiative. 

Advancement and Events is pleased to welcome Luke Derheim, a rising junior at Saginaw Valley State University, where he is studying political science. He is the president of the SVSU College Republicans and enjoys reading and kayaking; however, he does not read and kayak at the same time in order to avoid wet books. 

This year’s CapCon intern and Rowan Scholar is Josh Paladino, a rising junior who hails from Hillsdale College. At Hillsdale, Josh studies economics and politics
and writes for the college newspaper, the “Hillsdale Collegian.” He enjoys tennis, golf and water skiing.

Jacob Weaver, another Hillsdale College junior, joins our Communications team as the 2016 Olson Scholar. He majors in history and participates in his school’s Churchill Fellowship program. His pastimes are reading, sailing and anything related to sports. 

Finally, from the land down under, Michael McKenzie has come across the Pacific to work on our VoteSpotter project. Michael is in his second year at the University of Western Australia, where he studies economics and politics. The Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, an Australian think tank, awarded Michael the grant that provided him the opportunity to study with us this summer.

We are excited to see what the summer holds for this outstanding group of individuals!