We continue highlighting Capitol Pathways students with Andy Muthoni, a senior at Concordia College – Moorhead. Andy is pursuing a Multimedia Journalism and Communication Studies with a Criminal Justice Minor and interning with Tunheim.

Q: Why did you decide to participate in Capitol Pathways? And – why is a program like Capitol Pathways important today?

Participating in Capitol Pathways was a deliberate decision rooted in my passion for communications and criminal justice. As a communications major and criminal justice minor, I recognized the significance of understanding the intricate connections between these two fields. Capitol Pathways provided a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the inner workings of public policy development, allowing me to witness firsthand how communication strategies and legislative decisions intersect. The program holds immense importance in today’s context for several reasons.

Firstly, it bridges the gap between theory and practice, offering students a practical understanding of how policies are formulated, debated, and enacted. Secondly, Capitol Pathways is a crucial initiative for fostering diversity and inclusion in policymaking. By providing students from different backgrounds with exposure to the legislative process, the program ensures that a broader range of perspectives is considered in policy discussions. In an era where diverse voices are essential for crafting equitable policies, programs like Capitol Pathways play a pivotal role in creating a more inclusive and representative future policymaking landscape.

Q: What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned so far during your internship experience?

During my internship at Tunheim, I’ve gained valuable insights into practical social research and executing targeted social media campaigns. This hands-on experience has sharpened my strategic planning and analytical skills in the dynamic realm of digital communication. Beyond technical growth, I’ve learned the importance of a positive workplace culture, fostering open communication and shared learning. I’m grateful for the mentorship of Ashley and Charlie, and to the entire Tunheim team for providing an enriching and collaborative internship experience.

Q: Has Capitol Pathways impacted your career aspirations?

Yes! The program provided me with invaluable insights into the workings of the legislative process and allowed me to gain firsthand experience in a political environment. Through meaningful interactions with professionals in the field and exposure to diverse perspectives, I’ve not only deepened my understanding of public policy but also clarified and refined my career goals. The mentorship and networking opportunities facilitated by Capitol Pathways through connecting me with Tunheim, have been instrumental in shaping my professional trajectory. Engaging with experienced professionals and learning about their career journeys has inspired me and provided me with practical insights into potential career paths within the realm of public policy and governance.

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