From left to right: Aaron Lehman, Garrick Anderson, Chase Slasinski, Abigail Hoyt, Andrew Houser, Taylor Piotrowski, Garrett Heise, Susannah Barnes, Matt Vailliencourt, Emily Kellogg
While some college students lounge by a lake and soak in the rays, this year’s group of summer interns at the Mackinac Center are hard at work assisting our policy staff. Our bright and ambitious students are willing to sacrifice some fun in the sun for the ideals of personal freedom.
Returning for his second summer, this year’s fiscal policy intern is Chase Slasinski, an incoming junior at Michigan State University. Slasinski attends the James Madison Residential College of Public Affairs, where he studies political theory and constitutional democracy and economics.
Garrick Anderson is also returning for his second summer, as the Center’s environmental policy intern. Anderson has a long background in homeschool debate as a member of the Christian Communicators of America. He also is an assistant coach of the Kairos Debate Club of the tri-city area.
The communications team is thrilled to welcome back Taylor Piotrowski, who returns from Valparaiso University in Indiana. Piotrowski is going into her senior year studying political science and communications. She enjoys playing the trumpet and is also a big fan of Thomas Jefferson.
This year’s research intern position is filled by Andrew Houser, a graduate of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he studied political science, Spanish and international studies. In his free time, he enjoys sports, watching movies and spending time with friends.
Joining the communications team, Susannah Barnes is a rising sophomore at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where she studies economics and communications. Barnes is a member of her school’s debate team and also enjoys dancing and musical theatre.
Joining our VoteSpotter Project is Matt Vailliencourt, a senior at the University of Michigan, where he majors in political science. His favorite hobbies include photography, playing guitar and kayaking.
Garrett Heise, an upcoming graduate of Central Michigan University, joins the Center as this year’s advancement and events intern. Heise, who studied recreation and event management as well as professional sales, is a prolific reader and enjoys exercise and lakeside relaxation.
Joining the Center all the way from California is Abigail Hoyt, this year’s education policy intern. Hoyt received her degree in political science from Azusa Pacific University, and in her free time she enjoys reading, going to the ocean and finding quaint beach towns.
Aaron Lehman is this year’s Capitol Confidential intern. Lehman hails from right here in Midland and plans to attend Grove City College to study biology this fall. He enjoys spending time outside, bird watching, reading classic literature and music.
The graphic design team is pleased to welcome Emily Kellogg, an incoming sophomore at Ferris State University. She studies graphic design and marketing and is a fan of anime, art, video games and reading.