My name is Shannon Riley and I was a summer 2016 Brad Rowse Policy Fellow at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. A senior History Major at the University of Notre Dame, I was searching for an internship opportunity that would permit me to further define my public policy interests and CSF allowed me to do just that. Born in Juneau, Alaska I first developed my love for salmon fishing and exploring the outdoors alongside my father, a commercial fisherman. Now I call Seattle home, and my deep appreciation for conservation has only grown. I came to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation with only cursory knowledge of hunting and recreational fishing, but I leave here a more educated and appreciative steward of our nation’s resources than I could have ever imagined.
During my time as a Policy Fellow for CSF I directly interacted with and established an understanding for the state and national legislative processes, as well as issue-specific research. I developed skills in editing, technical computer-based projects, office management, and event coordination. Furthermore, I had the chance to refine my personal and professional leadership, team-work and self-starting abilities. As I look forward to completing my undergraduate career, I am immensely grateful to CSF for providing me with a new working experience, allowing me to discover my passion for policy, and giving me the confidence I need to take on future professional endeavors.
I highly recommend a fellowship with CSF, for the people will touch your heart and the work will make a difference.