Ethan Freiermuth ’19 interns in Belgrade, Serbia

An opportunity to intern at the the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, was realized this summer by Ethan Freiermuth ’19 of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin. He was supported by a $2,000 Internship Supplemental Grant from the Center for Politics and the People (CPP).

Freiermuth applied his grant toward transportation and living expenses. He is a triple-major in politics and government, economics and German, with a minor in national security studies. He is a founding member of the Ripon College Gaming Club, a choir member, an elected Class of 2019 student senator, and a frequent actor and crewmember for theatre productions.

“My internship at the state department was an exceptional way for me to get to know the context of the work, character of the job, and quality of the people who work as foreign service officers,” Freiermuth says. “All the studies I’ve done at the College have been more or less theoretical, so the practical experience of working for the U.S. government in pursuit of our interests abroad was incredibly impactful.”

After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to prepare for a career with a national security agency.

Freiermuth and four other CPP grant recipients will speak about their intern experiences Monday, Oct. 1. “Dream Internships in Public Policy” will run from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Kresge Little Theater, East Hall.

(Photo: Ethan Freiermuth)


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