Lisa Crocco, a senior Illinois State University PRSSA member, has obtained an internship that allows her to combine her interests in public relations and politics.
How did you land an internship with Ann Callis?
One night this summer I was really bored so I just Googled “female politicians running in Illinois.” I narrowed down the results based on location and political beliefs, which lead me to Ann Callis. After researching Callis and her campaign, I knew I had to be a part of it. I sent the campaign manager an email and asked for an internship. A week later he called and interviewed me, and I was grateful to be offered the position.
Running for Student Government Association last year must have been a great learning experience. How will you use that experience to help with Callis’ Campaign?
Running for an election is extremely exhausting and challenging. When I ran for executive director for Illinois State University’s Student Government Association last year, it taught me that I love campaigning but I don’t enjoy being the politician running. I prefer being behind the scenes, helping with the campaign, instead of being its face.
My experience from my SGA campaign taught me to continue to fight until the second the election results are announced. If you slack, lose hope or become overly confident for even one second, you will most likely be defeated.
What are you looking to gain from your internship experience with Ann Callis?
I really hope to gain a full understanding of what it is like to work on a political campaign from start to finish. I am eager to work on all the tasks campaign interns and volunteers have to do, including canvassing, cold calling, public appearances, social media, fundraising and weekly talking points to community leaders. I’m eager to increase my knowledge and understanding of campaigns.
How will this internship benefit your career in the future?
Have you ever watched “The West Wing”? Sam Seaborn has my dream job. Since working as the Deputy White House Communications Director is a little far-fetched, I would enjoy working in any field that brings communication and politics together. I can see myself continuing to work on campaigns just as much as I can see myself working in public affairs or political consulting. There are so many options I might just have to do them all!
In the meantime, it’s a rewarding experience to help with Callis’ campaign. I wholeheartedly believe she would be an asset to Congress and represent her constituents to the best of her ability. Having such a hands-on role in electing qualified politicians – especially qualified female politicians – means helping to ensure our country is functioning at the highest level possible.
Questions composed by Brandy Lewis
Crocco (right) with Judge Ann Callis
Callis met with Illinois State University & Illinois Wesleyan University students over coffee to discuss reform in Washington