Auburn native wins Capitol internship with GOP
Auburn native Jacob Selsor has won the spring 2017 Gene Callahan Internship at the Illinois State Capitol.
The Southern Illinois University political science major will work with House Republicans, thanks to the SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.
Gene Callahan was a longtime legislative aide to former Illinois Sens. Paul Simon and Alan Dixon. The internship recognizes Selsor’s interest and potential in public service.
According to SIU, Selsor showed an early affinity for government, following the 2004 U.S. presidential election with his father and continuing to be interested as he grew up. Selsor, an honors student, expects to graduate in May 2018.
Selsor will have access to guidance from Professor Linda Baker, who has served as secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services and holds the distinction of being Illinois’ first African-American government liaison.
“It is a pleasure to work with promising students with a history of community involvement,” Baker said. “I enjoy the opportunity to work with young people who share [Callahan’s] spirit and commitment to service. With his excellent undergraduate record and dedication, I think Jacob will greatly benefit from this experience and make a significant contribution in the future.”