Three students appointed as this year's Indiana University presidential interns

  • Nov. 3, 2015


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Three Indiana University students have been appointed as this year’s IU presidential interns: Jane Reagan, an IU Bloomington senior studying political science; Lucy Morrell, an IU Bloomington senior studying English and theater and drama; and Elizabeth Cotter, an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis junior studying journalism.

Each student was selected by IU President Michael A. McRobbie. This is the first year McRobbie has chosen three interns and the first year a student has been chosen from IUPUI.

Reagan will work with the president’s office and the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs on international engagement, hosting international visitors and research.

Reagan is a Herman B Wells Scholar, a member of the Liberal Arts and Management Program in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, president of IU’s Nourish International chapter, board member of IU’s Political Science Undergraduate Advisory Board, student liaison for IU’s Scholarship Advisory Committee and a volunteer coordinator for Wells Activism and Volunteer Effort at IU. She was recently selected to spend four months in Rabat, Morocco, as part of the School for International Training's Multiculturalism and Human Rights Program. There she studied Arabic and human rights and conducted independent research on women and leadership. 

“I am passionate about international issues, and I strongly believe that making IU a more international university is an important part of its tradition and a powerful way to strengthen the university,” Reagan said. “I have been given so much by this university, and I can't think of a better way to pay some of that back than by working toward one of Herman B Wells' most important goals, internationalization.”

Morrell, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, will work with Sherry Rouse, IU’s curator of campus art, on developing an inventory and planning for public art on all campuses. Morrell is a Wells Scholar, Founders Scholar, member of the Hutton Honors College and winner of the Margaret James Banks Award for outstanding expository fiction. She serves on the editorial board of the IU Journal of Undergraduate Research and is president of the editorial board for the Labyrinth Literary Magazine. She researched mask-making cultures of Asia and the American Southwest through a Hutton Honors College Creative Activities Grant.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to work under Sherry Rouse,” Morrell said. “She and her team organize the art distribution and loans throughout campus and maintain a catalog of the university’s public art. It is a massive operation, as I’m sure anyone who’s walked through the public halls of the college can see; art is everywhere. This is an excellent way for me to get more experience with art logistics and administration.”

Cotter, a student in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will work with Kelly Kish on brainstorming ideas for student engagement in activities around the University Bicentennial Strategic Plan. Cotter is a Jim Murray Scholar, serves as a social media and Web content assistant for the IU Financial Literacy Office, is sports editor of the IUPUI Campus Citizen, and has served as news and sports intern for WANE-TV in Fort Wayne.

“I am incredibly excited about this opportunity,” Cotter said. “As a sports journalism major, I never expected to do something like this and at such a large scale. I am honored to be a part of something so big and meaningful for the university. It is also a great honor to represent IUPUI at the university level. It just shows how unique and special we are as a university that can provide such diversity and academic reach across the state of Indiana. I am excited to be a part of planning the bicentennial and the new challenges that come with it. I am very thankful to have received this opportunity to expand my skills and gain such valuable experience.”

Presidential interns are high-achieving IU undergraduates who are selected to work in the Office of the President, contributing to the long-term improvement of the university while gaining valuable leadership skills and experience. Previous interns were Christine White in 2014-15, Rahaf Safi in 2013-14, Catherine Krege in 2012-13, Christian Hines in 2011-12, Esther Uduehi in 2010-11 and Miles Taylor in 2009-10.

Elizabeth Cotter

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