Abby Korb ’20 interns with Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s re-election campaign

Abby Korb ’20 of Burlington, Wisconsin, worked for Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s re-election campaign as an intern during the summer of 2018. She was supported by a $2,000 Internship Supplemental Grant from the Center for Politics and the People (CPP).

Korb is a double-major in politics and government and psychology. She is the vice president of the Ripon College Feminists and member of the College Democrats. She also works with the psychology department’s Infant Cognition Lab and is one of two student representatives of the CPP.

Korb is continuing her internship work with the Baldwin campaign and staffs various fundraiser. As a campus organizing fellow for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Coordinated Campaign, she also will work with Josh Kaul, who is running for attorney general of Wisconsin; Tony Evers, who is running for governor of Wisconsin; and Mendela Barnes, who is running for lieutenant governor of Wisconsin. Korb also volunteers for two local campaigns in Burlington.

The hands-on experience and learning how campaigning works is what Korb found most rewarding about her summer internship. “I got an experience that has truly shaped my impression of campaigns,” she says.

Korb encourages anyone interested in interning for campaigns to pursue it. “You will gain knowledge and experiences that may never be available to you again,” she says. “Right now is truly the time to try things, and if you want to make this your future career you should jump on every opportunity you can!”

Korb plans to attend graduate school to get her master’s degree in political psychology. She then would like to pursue a career researching and analyzing voter behavior as a campaign political psychologist. She also hopes to run for office herself.

Korb 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: Abby Korb, center, with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., left, and Kamala Harris, D-Calif.)

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