Troy University student to spend summer in Washington internship

Posted: Wednesday, 19 May 2010

TROY—A Troy University student from Florence has been chosen as the University’s first recipient of a prestigious Washington, D.C., internship for the summer.

Drew Tatum, who is majoring in human resources management, will spend May 26-Aug. 6 with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Tatum will work for The Potomac Advocates, a lobbying and consulting firm, and will take one academic course, in Global Markets and International Business Strategies, through the Center.

“My goal as a business major is to see how businesses interact with government -- whether it’s at the federal, state or local level -- because it is an important aspect of strategic planning,” Tatum said. “Ultimately, governmental relations is something I am interested in pursuing after graduation.”

Tatum was chosen as TROY’s first representative to this program by a four-person committee, according to Dr. Keith Sessions, executive director of the AGSC and STARS Program and a member of the selection committee.

“I have been fortunate to have gotten to know Drew Tatum over the last few years through Troy University’s Institute for Leadership Development,” Sessions said. “I am confident that Drew will be an excellent representative of Troy University, our state, and our region in Washington, D.C. this summer. He will set the bar extremely high for other Troy University students who follow him in the years to come. We hope that Drew’s success this summer will lay the foundation for other Troy University students to apply for the TWC Internship next year.”

At TROY, Tatum is Chief Justice of the Student Government Association Supreme Court, a Trojan Ambassador, Vice President of Mortar Board, and member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He has served as President of Baptist Campus Ministries, President of Delta Mu Delta, and was the University’s Representative for the National Student Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. in 2009.