Nicole Wiley, a 2018 graduate of Cleveland High School, gained a reputation in high school for being “driven, disciplined, kind and globally-minded.” She was able to continue to build on her …
Nicole Wiley, a 2018 graduate of Cleveland High School, gained a reputation in high school for being “driven, disciplined, kind and globally-minded.”
She was able to continue to build on her strengths during her first semester as a student at American University in Washington, D.C., and an intern with the office of U.S. Rep. Scott Desjarlais.
The Cleveland native moved to D.C. in August 2018. She was able to maintain a 4.0-grade point average while also immersing herself in the college experience.
She acquired a position as a course program leader at American University. She also served as the community outreach coordinator for American University’s German Language and Culture Club and plans to run for president of that club next year.
She will also serve as a program leader for a class called Tactical Urbanism, assisting the professor in class and conducting outside academic activities with the students.
Wiley is an international affairs major with a concentration in national security and foreign policy and a minor in German.
Her aspirations include learning as much as she can about our political and government system, so she advanced her knowledge by applying to serve as a Congressional intern.
This goal was accomplished when the Office of Hon. Scott DesJarlais, M.D., hired her as a House of Representatives intern in January.
Interns in Desjarlais’ office answer phones, conduct Capitol tours, run errands, research legislation for Desjarlais and the legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. In this way, interns learn much about the legislative process.
"Interns from Tennessee bring a piece of our home state to Washington, in need of some Southern hospitality. Nicole brought her bright smile and enthusiasm,” Desjarlais said. “I know our staff and constituents enjoyed her positive attitude.
“She was helpful, inquisitive, and clearly learned a lot about how the federal government functions and sometimes doesn't,” Desjarlais continued. “I'm confident Nicole will apply the experience she gained to help our country to improve and succeed."
Although her time as a Congressional intern has ended, her former teachers at CHS say there is no doubt her accomplishments and successes will continue to make her hometown and her alma mater very proud.
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