After completing a successful internship there during the summer, senior Lesta Newberry has been hired as a policy assistant at Renew Missouri, a Columbia-based organization that promotes energy efficiency.
Newberry discovered the internship opportunity while working in the Center for Career and Professional Development on campus.
“I had never heard of the organization, but I’m interested in advancing renewable energy,” she said. “I started in May and I loved it.”
The group hosts candidate and educational forums and other events to spread awareness around energy issues.
Newberry previously interned for Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in Washington, D.C., and for the Missouri House of Representatives.
“I’ve always been interested in politics,” she said. “As a child, I would watch politicians on TV or listen to them on the radio and take notes.”
In her new role, she’s excited about the opportunity to try her hand at lobbying legislators at the state capitol.
At Stephens, Newberry is president of the senior class, is involved in Stephens Life and is in the process of forming a Young Democrats chapter on campus. She is majoring in Integrated Marketing and hopes to someday run for office herself.
Stephens, she said, is helping her prepare for that.
“I feel like I have so much more confidence than I had three years ago,” she said. “I am so much more prepared for public speaking and critical thinking.”
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