Augustana Junior Completing Internship on Capitol Hill

Augustana junior Drew Adelia Trahms is spending her summer on Capitol Hill as an intern for the Navajo Nation Washington Office (NNWO), an advocacy agency that works closely with Congress, the White House and Federal Agencies. The role of the NNWO is to monitor and analyze congressional legislation, disseminate congressional and federal agency' information, develop strategies and decisions concerning national policies and budgets that affect the Navajo Nation.

The internship is made possible by the Fund for American Studies Program, in partnership with Georgetown University, which places outstanding college students who demonstrate superior academic and leadership excellence at top internship locations in Washington, DC.

"Drew brings excellence in research. She's an outstanding addition to our team for the summer," NNWO executive director Clara Pratte said.

In conjunction with her internship at the Navajo Nation Washington Office, Trahms will focus on comparative economic systems and constitution interpretation while studying this summer at Georgetown University.

"I have a strong interest in Native American affairs. The Navajo Nation Washington Office is a great fit for me," Trahms said.

Originally from Janesville, Minn., Trahms is studying government/international affairs and economics with minors in mathematics and accounting.

Growing up in a family with multiple cultural backgrounds, she has fostered a desire to learn more about the different cultures found throughout the world and plans to one day pursue a master's degree in international economic development.

Trahms has traveled extensively abroad serving indigenous communities of Mexico in 2004 and 2005, visiting western Europe as a People to People U.S. Student Ambassador in 2007, studying in Costa Rica during the summer of 2010, and serving as the student member of the Board of Trustees for Child Outreach International, an NGO based in Ojoche, Nicaragua.

While being heavily involved in a number of student organizations on campus including the Augustana Student Association (ASA), government club, and economics club, Trahms is a mentor to international students, a member of the Augustana Vikettes, and a teaching assistant in economics and statistics. This spring, she helped organize a debate between students from opposing political parties. The event was named "A Call to Peace: Debating an End to America’s Second Civil War," and was hosted by the Augustana Committee of Undergraduate Political Scientists (COUPS).

During her free time, she assists refugees placed in Sioux Falls as they seek U.S. citizenship through Lutheran Social Services. She also coaches for Girls on the Run of Sioux Falls.

This past spring, Trahms served as an intern in the Sioux Falls district office of Representative Kristi Noem, R-S.D.