As the Mackinac Center reopens its office for all the staff, it is pleased to welcome 11 current and former students as part of its intern program.
Abbee Elwell is the new education policy intern. She studies applied math and English at Hillsdale College, where she belongs to the Mock Trial and Ultimate Frisbee teams. This summer, she would like to become a connoisseur of Midland coffee shops.
Henry Deeth joined the Mackinac Center as part of the fiscal policy team. This Midland native studies economics at the University of Michigan. He also enjoys reading and gaming with his friends, and he has a deep appreciation for cats.
Also new to the Mackinac Center this summer, Jacob Gudmundsen works in environmental policy. He attends Brigham Young University, where he majors in economics and minors in environmental science, and he plans to work in natural
resource economics. He enjoys hunting, fishing and anything outdoors.
Aaron Lehman, another environmental policy intern, is back at the Mackinac Center for his fourth summer. He serves as president of the Sign Language Club and vice president of the Poetry Club at Grove City College, where he studies biology, with a philosophy minor.
Nathan Burgard is this summer’s advancement and events intern. He majors in political science at Michigan State University, and he worked on the Moolenaar for Congress campaign. In his free time, he likes to travel, golf and play basketball.
Allison Rigterink came to the Mackinac Center in November as an advancement intern. This avid traveler has visited nine countries and studied abroad in Italy. She received her degree in political science in May from Saginaw Valley State University and hopes to work in policy research.
Victoria Aultman joined the advancement team in March. She serves as president of Turning Point USA at Saginaw Valley State University, where she studies political science and criminal justice. She enjoyed getting Chick-Fil-A meals with John James while working on his campaign for U.S. Senate.
Caleb Baker, a new communications intern, studies prelaw at Liberty University and plans to attend law school. Outside of class, he plays intramural sports. He likes basketball the most, but he also appreciates soccer and broomball.
Also joining the communications team is Jennifer Wiland, who majors in rhetoric and public address at Hillsdale College. She belongs to Hillsdale’s Mock Trial team and works for the college’s blog. In her free time, she writes stories and plays board games with her friends.
Olivia Miller works as this year’s Michigan Capitol Confidential intern. She graduated this spring from Dow High School as a National Merit Scholar, and she plans to attend the University of Texas-Dallas this fall. During the weekends, she explores fun places in Michigan.
Elise Malkowski has returned for her second summer as a graphic design intern. This interior design major attends the Savannah College of Art and Design, and she would love to design children’s hospitals. She likes hiking and traveling, and she has visited several places in Europe.