Casey Jewell is the 19-year-old son of Charlie and Michelle Jewell of Ripley. He is a 2019 graduate of Ripley High School where he was active in many activities including being a field commander for the RHS Marching Band.

Following graduation, Jewell went on to attend Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, where he majored in Political Science, Pre-Law. While in his first semester of college, Jewell was approached by his Political Science professor concerning a life-changing opportunity.

Having always been interested in politics, with the goal of a political career, Jewell was excited to learn about an internship in Washington D. C. through the Washington Internship Institute.

The Washington Internship Institute (WII), an educational nonprofit organization, focusing on three principles: public service, leadership and professional development. According to their website, wiidc.org, their mission is to foster students’ intellectual, personal, and professional development through individually tailored, quality internships and challenging academic coursework that take full advantage of the opportunities available in the nation’s capital and reflect the best practices of experiential learning and liberal education.

After speaking with his professor about the program, Jewell accepted the nomination and waited patiently to hear from the WII.

It wasn’t long before he learned that he had been accepted into the program. Following his acceptance, Jewell began applying to several internship opportunities with various congressmen.

He was recently notified that he was accepted and will be interning with a United States congressman on the Appropriations Committee. (Due to privacy issues, the name of the congressman is not able to be released at this time.)

On Jan. 15, Jewell will be moving into his new apartment in Arlington, Virginia, along with other Capitol Hill interns, to begin a whirlwind of activities over the coming months.

On Jan. 22, he will begin his internship which will run through May 2.

Jewell will be working four days a week, while taking classes every Tuesday.

WII offers two core programs: a Domestic Policy program and a Foreign Policy program. Jewell will be taking classes under the Domestic Policy program. His classes will include a core class pertaining to his Political Science major and then an Intern Seminar, which teaches the interns office skills, as well as how to live on the Capitol campus.

As an intern, Jewell will have access to all the libraries and museums, as well as a special underground train that will take him to and from the House of Representatives, Senate, and Capitol buildings.

Jewell’s non-classroom duties will include assisting staff with legislative, administrative, and press related projects; writing memos and talking points; attending committee hearings and meetings; answering constituent phone calls; leading tours of the United States Capitol; assisting with scheduling; sorting and distributing mail; and managing tour and flag requests.

When Congress is in session, Jewell’s hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and when not in session, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is possible he may work some overtime hours as well, depending on the needs of his specific congressman, and the fact that traveling will be involved.

Jewell credits his parents and teachers for helping him get to where he is today.

“I’m really blessed to get this internship and could not have done it without the help of my parents and teachers,” Jewell said.

Following his internship in Washington D. C., Jewell said he will be applying to intern with Senator Joe Manchin over the summer. Having met Manchin about a year ago at a campaign dinner, Manchin himself told Jewell about his internship program and asked Jewell to apply. Unfortunately, Jewell was unable to participate in the 2019 summer program; however, he will be able to participate in the upcoming summer program and looks forward to the possibility of working with Manchin.

According to Jewell, it was Adena Barnette, a teacher from Ripley High School who worked for Senator Manchin over the summer, that Jewell said, “kick started” all of this for him.

Jewell’s mother, Michelle, is extremely proud of him and said she feels Casey gained a lot of his knowledge on leadership from being a field commander for the Ripley High School band. She said she is very thankful for Sherry Poole, Jeanette Bowlby, and Scott Greathouse for what they instilled in him at Ripley High School.

As for Jewell’s future plans, he said he may go back to Lynn University or transfer to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where his twin brother attends college. After college graduation he plans to get his masters and become a government attorney. Following that he aspires to run for Congress or the position of United States Attorney General.