"Most of (my fellow interns) are familiar with (St. Andrews) through the Equestrian program or sports. I also attended the Department of Defense Bio-Defense technology showcase and met a U.S. Army veteran who attended Governor's School at St. Andrews. There are SA connections everywhere!"
Mica Nguyen, Class of 2005
The 2005 Commencement ceremony at St. Andrews Presbyterian College became even more special for Mica Nguyen when she received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for her outstanding accomplishments during her years at the College. Not one to stay on the sidelines, Nguyen soon afterward moved into a summer internship with the North Carolina Governor’s Office in Washington, D.C.
This fall, she becomes a law student at Campbell University.
“I applied for the (Washington) internship through the Youth Advocacy for Involvement Office,” said Nguyen, a Charlotte native. “My interviewer was Joe Chandler ’64, who is an alum from St. Andrews. He saw my application among those from Duke and Wake Forest and offered me the position. It’s one of the few paid internships on the hill. The internship not only provides compensation, but has really opened the door for me in terms of political involvement.”
She works with the National Governor’s Association, a bi-partisan consensus body. Nguyen’s group becomes involved with research projects that look at how North Carolina would be affected by proposed legislation.
“The most enjoyable part of the internship is interacting with the staff and completing projects for them,” said Nguyen. She has worked on projects for the I-74/I-73 interstate corridor and attended Senate hearings on appropriations for transportation and railroad safety.
“I have done research on insurance premiums and reports that have been done on the effects of the use of co-payments,” she said. “I also look through legislation regarding specific topics within the Medicaid bill.”
She has also worked on projects for the N.C. Department of Corrections including a comparison of prison sentences between states.
“We’re constantly monitoring to see how North Carolina will fare,” she said. “These projects are extremely fulfilling because they are educational for me and they are helpful to the whole office. I feel like I’m making a meaningful contribution to the Office of the Governor and that the staff feels I’m responsible enough to take on these challenging projects.”
Nguyen was well known for her proactive activity on the St. Andrews campus as a student. Her classmates and professors may be assured that this activity has not lessened while in Washington. A coalition was formed this summer for all of the NGA interns. The organizer?
“We’ve gotten together several times and made contacts,” she said.
Nguyen has found that St. Andrews is well known to the other interns from North Carolina.
“Most of them are familiar with the school through the Equestrian program or sports,” she said. “I also attended the Department of Defense Bio-Defense technology showcase and met a U.S. Army veteran who attended Governor’s School at St. Andrews. There are SA connections everywhere!”
Those connections will continue as Nguyen continues to law school at Campbell.
“I’ve gotten to know Phil Fleagan in Representative Price’s office,” she said. “He is one of the legislative correspondents and his father graduated form Campbell and is friends with Dean Wichard, the dean of the law school. Again, it’s a small world.”