Kelsey Trundle '13
David Bailey: "The internship serves as a gateway to the world after college."
“I like to think that R-MC chose me,” says Randolph-Macon College student Kelsey
Trundle ’13. “My mom and I were touring
the campus when a car pulled up and the passenger—dressed in R-MC clothing—yelled
out the window, ‘Come to R-MC!’ It was like a breath of fresh air to see that kind
of enthusiasm.” The Annapolis, Maryland native, who is majoring in
political science and minoring in religious
studies, is just as enthusiastic about her 2013 January Term (J-term)
Trundle interned at David Bailey Associates, a public relations, government affairs,
and lobbying firm in Richmond, Virginia. Under the guidance of founder David Bailey,
Trundle tracked House and Senate bills presented in the 2013 session; delivered
vital bills and resolutions to Delegates and Senators throughout the Virginia Capitol;
and attended caucus meetings.
The internship was coordinated through Trundle’s advisor, Political Science Professor
Richard Meagher, and Cathy Rollman, the director of professional development in
R-MC’s Center for Personal and Career Development.
“It sounded like a wonderful opportunity,” says Trundle. “Aside from being a great
networking tool, internships allow students to narrow down what careers they want
to pursue. For the longest time I thought that I wanted to be a lawyer, but now
I am really interesting in lobbying.”
Bailey says that serving an internship in and around state government provides a
“Students experience firsthand the significant differences in state and federal
government,” says Bailey, who has worked with numerous R-MC interns. “The internship
serves as a gateway to the world after college. It’s not casual volunteering; it’s
stepping up and demonstrating dependable work ethics.”
This is Trundle’s second experience as an intern. In 2012 she interned with Congressman
Frank Wolf. She ran errands throughout Capitol Hill and the greater D.C. area; attended
meetings for legislative correspondents; and worked closely with the scheduler and
“Congressman Wolf’s Chief of Staff is Daniel Scandling ’86, and
the two of us often talked about R-MC,” she says. “It was great to be able to connect
with a fellow Yellow Jacket!”
As for her post-R-MC plans, Trundle is considering a couple of options.
“I will be applying to law school in the fall,” she says. “I will also apply for
a position as a legislative assistant to a state-level Delegate or Senator.” Whatever
the future brings, Trundle feels ready.
“R-MC taught me that you have to follow your passion and strive for the best,” she
says. “If you want to succeed, only you can make it happen.”
Internships are just one of the opportunities offered by
The Randolph-Macon EDGE. Within the
Center for Personal and Career Development, The EDGE
is a four-year program designed to help students identify their career passions,
compete for meaningful employment and apply to graduate schools.
For 30 years, R-MC’s Bassett Internship
Program has been successfully placing students in internships both in the
U.S. and around the globe. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development,
the Bassett Internship Program works closely with students to help identify their
interests and match them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
alumni provide a strong network of support for students
throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with
career direction and opportunities.
Students may choose to pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in a wide
variety of settings; recent internships have seen R-MC students gaining valuable
knowledge and experience in fields including health care, finance, non-profit, communications
and media, education, politics and law, and the arts.