Tennessee Students Meet Senators Corker and Alexander

Tennessee Students Meet Senators Corker and Alexander

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Ashley Bunn
March 20, 2012

TWC interns from Tennessee met with the Honorable Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, two U.S. Senators from Tennessee, at their weekly Constituents breakfast.


The TWC students, who attend Furman University, Austin Peay State University and Tennessee Technological University, spoke with the Senator’s staff members about various concerns and policy issues concerning Tennessee’s recent No Child Left Behind waiver policies. The students learned more about the Senators positions on the budget, taxes and education.


TWC intern, Vince Calvo of Austin Peay State University, felt that he better understood “why it is often difficult for veterans associations to receive help from the government. Based on the sheer volume of issues that our policymakers have to take into account, it became clear that balancing veterans into the mix (or any other non-profit organization) is a hard task to undertake.” Amanda Michalski, a TWC intern from Furman University, felt that “this unique experience made me realize how informed the legislative aids are and how capable they are of answering questions.”


Students who participated in this visit included:

Amanda Michalski-Furman University

Vincent Calvo-Austin Peay State University

Zackery Nitzschke-Tennessee Technological University


[View photos of the spring 2012 PPDCH album on our Flickr channel]


Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill (PPDCH), sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, provide students with the unique opportunity to meet and interact with members of the Senate or House of Representatives representing their state or congressional district. This is one component of The Washington Center's internship program.

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