From: Hinckley Institute of Politics
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Hinckley Institute Upcoming Events
Date: Fri May 02 19:17:31 MDT 2014
Hinckley Institute Upcoming Events
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The Hinckley Institute is thrilled to congratulate Tianna Tu as a recipient of the prestigious  Truman Scholarship

As Secretary Madeleine K. Albright, President of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation announced, Tu is one of 59 students selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar. She was chosen from an original pool of 655 applicants from 294 colleges and universities across the United States. The University of Utah is the only school to have produced a Truman Scholar in the seven of the last eight years beating out Harvard, Stanford, and the Naval Academy.

As an Eccles Distinguished Scholar, Tianna has maintained an impressive 3.99 GPA while pursuing Dual Honors Degrees in Political Science and International Studies. She has additionally served three Hinckley internships.

The Hinckley Institute provides extensive mentoring for Truman candidates throughout the application process; Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers was a 1990 Truman Scholar. 

To read more about the Truman and Tianna, click here.


The Hinckley Institute received a record number of internship applications for the summer 2014 semester, and as a result we were able to place more students locally, in Washington, DC, and abroad than ever before. Indeed, we are sending a record-breaking 55 global interns to 25 different countries.

Hinckley interns will be posted in Ireland, England, France, Taiwan, China, Turkey, Jordan, Botswana, Australia, Brazil, India, Honduras, South Africa, Scotland, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Columbia, Mexico, Belgium, Bolivia, Germany, Peru, Finland, and Italy. 

We highly encourage students of all majors and interests to apply for our Fall 2014 Semester programs.


Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers participated in the Governor's Trade Mission to Mexico from April 7-10. The delegation visited both Mexico City and Guadalajara, where they met with academic, business, and government representatives. Director Jowers worked extensively throughout the trip to further University of Utah ties in Mexico and to develop new Hinckley internships. 


National Program Manager Lindsay Zizumbo will be leaving the Hinckley Institute after four years of exceptional work in order to join the Exoro Group.

Lindsay has long exemplified the Hinckley Institute's mission. In 2003, she completed a Hinckley internship with Congressman Matheson's office in Washington, DC. This experience launched her 10 years working for the Matheson congressional office and campaigns and in the public sector.

In addition to her exceptional abilities as an intern manager, Lindsay is an outstanding triathlete and has successfully completed three Ironman races. This summer, she will attempt a 100 mile ultramarathon. She is married to Devin Wilson, and has one son, Graham. 

We are excited for Lindsay and her new pursuits–although she will be greatly missed. She has been an invaluable asset, colleague, and friend for the Hinckley Institute and we are thankful for her tireless contributions. Good luck to you, Lindsay!


The Hinckley Institute is thrilled to welcome our new National Program Manager, Gina Shipley.

Gina has worked for six years as the Director of the Office of Advising and Inclusion within the College of Social and Behavioral Science. 

She has extensive experience with the Hinckley Institute's programs, both as a Hinckley student and during her time as a University of Utah student advocate. 

Gina secured an MPA from the University of Utah; her thesis explored the importance of internships and how they catalyze classroom knowledge.

Gina has three children, two of which graduated from the University of Utah this year. Her youngest will be completing a Washington, DC, internship this summer with Congressman Chaffetz's office. 

We are excited to welcome Gina to our team. 



The Hinckley Institute is now accepting applications for Fall 2014 Semester local, Washington, DC, and global internships. The Hinckley Institute offers semester-long, University of Utah-accredited internships for students of all majors.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Global - May 16
Washington, DC - May 16
Local - June 16 

Please visit for more information on specific internships.
To apply now, click here

This summer, the Hinckley Institute will send over 150 students on local, national, and global internships. To follow our interns around the world, please visit The Intern Blog.


Jonny Spendlove is a Project Manager in the Global Pricing Organization at Deere & Company.  In this role, Jonny is responsible for the development of pricing strategies for products in Deere’s Latin American markets with an emphasis on Brazil.  This work requires the analysis of economic indicators, political trends, and potential competitive response.   
As an economics and English student at the University of Utah, Jonny was heavily involved in the Hinckley Institute of Politics, interning in both Washington, DC, (Republican Governors Association, Spring 2007) and India (Maitri and SKS Microfinance, Summer 2008).  Jonny also worked as a Hinckley staffer for two years, as an Editor of the Hinckley Journal of Politics, and as an occasional Hinckley Forum host. After graduating from the “U” in 2009, Jonny completed a JD/MBA at the University of Chicago prior to starting with Deere in North Carolina.

Jonny states,  “The Hinckley is the biggest differentiator at the U. It takes ambitious students and exposes them to opportunities they otherwise would not have. It gives them a huge leg up in the job market and on graduate school applications.”  



The Hinckley Institute of Politics would like to thank the 2013-2014 ASUU administration. The ASUU President (Sam Ortiz), Vice President (Sara Seastrand), Chief of Staff (Scott Thatcher) and Attorney General (Molly Wheeler) are all current or former Hinckley interns. Our own student staff assistants, Kendahl Melvin and Lisa Hawkins served as ASUU Senior Class President and ASUU Director of Government Relations, respectively. 

The 2013-2014 administration achieved great success in campus, and we are grateful for their collaboration and service. Notable partnerships between ASUU and the Hinckley Institute included the November 2013 Malcolm Gladwell address and the 2013-2014 Civic Engagement Lecture Series. We look forward to working with the new administration and wish the previous officials good luck in their future endeavors. 



The Hinckley Institute has partnered with Read Today, a Utah initiative aimed an increasing literacy in our state's youth. Read Today supports Utah Governor Gary Herbert's mission to empower 90% of Utah students to read proficiently. KSL leads the initiative, spearheaded by Deanie Wimmer. KSL works to increase awareness, recruit tutors, and provide incentives/celebrations with Chopper 5 landings and literacy events. 

To learn more or volunteer, click



The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour is aired every Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on KCPW. Tune in to hear student speeches, previous Hinckley forums, and news on upcoming Hinckley events. 

This week, the Hinckley Radio Hour featured 20 of our outstanding Political Forum Series students delivering short 2-3 minute speeches. 

To visit the KCPW Hinckley Radio Page, click



The Hinckley Institute is a central source of discussion and commentary surrounding many local, national, and global issues. To read about Director Kirk Jowers' speech at the U of U Senior Sendoff, click here. To read Hinckley Resident Scholar former Senator Robert Bennett's opinion editorial in the Deseret News, "The two-parent family is good for economics," click here. To peruse Ambassador John Price's article, "The 9/11 Memorial Museum Tells the Truth," click here.

To access additional media coverage of Hinckley forums, interns, and events, as well as articles featuring the insight and commentary of Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers, click here.


The Hinckley Institute would like to extend our appreciation to our many supporters. We are deeply grateful for your generosity.  Please help to continue the expansion of the valuable opportunities the Hinckley Institute provides for students by clicking below.
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