3 Region Students Complete Visclosky Internship

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Ashley Mason of Purdue University Calumet with Congressman Pete Visclosky

Three students from Northwest Indiana have completed a summer internship at Indiana 1st District Congressman Pete J. Visclosky's Merrillville District Office.

According to a press release from the congressman's office those students are, Ashley Mason of Lowell, a college student entering her senior year at Purdue University Calumet, Cassidy Schwartz of Munster, a high school student entering her senior year at Munster High School and Sofia Grimsgard of Valparaiso, a high student entering her junior year at Valparaiso High School.

Mason majors in journalism with a minor in political science.  She is a graduate of Lowell Senior High School, class of 2010. According to the release She intends to seek a graduate degree in political science following graduation at Purdue University Calumet. “I appreciate Ashley’s work in my Merrillville office this summer,” Congressman Visclosky said.  “Her dedication to public service is commendable and I hope that her experience in our office will serve her well in graduate school.”

Schwartz is co-president of the Munster branch of Child Rights and You (CRY) nonprofit organization.  She is also an active member of the National Honor Society and Speech and Debate Team at Munster High.  She plans on pursuing a degree in cognitive neuroscience with a minor in Spanish when she attends college next year.

“I appreciate Cassidy’s willingness to take on the responsibility of serving as an intern in my Congressional office.” Congressman Visclosky said. “Throughout her internship, Cassidy’s attitude and high standards proved to be assets to my office. As someone who has dedicated their life to public service, I know these attributes will serve her well in the future.”

Grimsgard is an active member of the Valparaiso High School Student Council, French and Spanish Clubs, as well as the Speech and Debate Team.  She plans on pursuing a degree in political science and/or communications in college.  “Congressman Visclosky defines the term hardworking, so interning for him during this summer has been an absolute pleasure,” said Grimsgard.  “Also, working with the casework staff to serve the constituents of the First Congressional District has been an amazing experience.”

“I appreciate Sofia’s commitment to public service through her participation in my office’s internship program,” said Congressman Visclosky. “Sofia proved to be a valuable asset in our day to day operation and I’m thankful that at her young age she had the willingness to serve in this capacity.  I wish her continued success in all of her future endeavors and I am confident that she will be successful in her academic and professional pursuits.”
Congressman Visclosky offers internships in his district and Washington, D.C. offices throughout the year. 

Intern applicants must be enrolled in high school or college, be eligible to receive school or service organization credit, and are encouraged to have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Visit:

Visclosky and Cassidy Schwartz
Cassidy Schwartz of Munster High School with Congressman Pete Visclosky

Visclosky and Sofia Grimsgard
Sofia Grimsgard of Valparaiso High School with Congressman Pete Visclosky

(photos provided by Congressman Pete Viscosky's office)





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