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Meet Morgan Spry

Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, Leadership and Policy Student and
Washington Academic Internship Program Participant

I aspire to make change, and I’m passionate about gun control, voting rights and health care.

I grew up in “generation lockdown.” Gun violence prevention is what first fueled my passion for politics. During my senior year of high school, I applied to 18 different schools, but on my tour of Ohio State I learned about the Washington Academic Internship Program, and I knew that this was the place for me.

I was thrilled to be accepted to the prestigious John Glenn College of Public Affairs and took all of the necessary steps to make myself a competitive candidate for WAIP as soon as I got on campus. During my sophomore year, I completed my first internship on Allison Russo’s campaign for Congress as part of my Women in Politics course. That summer, I completed a remote internship for Nan Whaley’s campaign for governor before excitedly joining Tim Ryan’s campaign for U.S. Senate as a Digital Communications Fellow. While serving as an intern on the Tim Ryan campaign, I participated in the Glenn College’s Ohio Government Internship Program. In this program I learned a lot about how to be a great intern, and how to interview well and land the job. These skills and experience I gained during my first 2.5 years of college paid off when I was granted the opportunity to participate in the Spring 2023 WAIP cohort alongside my best friend and roommate. 

My experience in WAIP was truly a dream come true. I had been following Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) since my Freshman year of high school as he was a champion for gun violence prevention in the Senate. With my communications background, I applied to Senator Murphy’s office for a Press Internship position and immediately said “yes” when it was offered to me. I learned so much about political communications during my time in the Senate and met really amazing people who continue to inspire me today.

My time in WAIP was made absolutely invaluable due to the strong Buckeye support system in D.C. I grew to adore each of my 19 fellow cohort members, and was blown away by the kindness and generosity Ohio State alumni showed to us as mentors in our fields. 

After completing my WAIP semester, I returned to D.C. for the summer for another incredible opportunity: I served as communications intern for Brady United for the summer. I continued working with Brady for a second semester, during the fall of my senior year, and am now completing a third internship with them as a legislative intern as I prepare for graduation this spring.

I am excited to see what’s next. I hope to either continue working toward gun violence prevention or join a campaign for an election cycle.

My time at Ohio State has been remarkable and I am truly grateful for my entire 4 years here. The Washington Academic Internship Program was an incredible opportunity to gain real-world experience and prepare for my future career, while in the comforting environment of my Buckeye community.

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