Vienna, W.Va.—Lauren Cunningham, a junior at Ohio Valley University, has been selected to work in Washington D.C. this summer supporting the efforts of congressman David McKinley. Congressman McKinley represents the people of West Virginia in the United States Congress and serves as a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
A local student from Appalachia, Lauren is majoring in Energy Management Production Engineering. Concerned about the economy of West Virginia, and seeing the economically depressed area that is Appalachia, Lauren believes that through education, the people of these areas can reach their full potential. She is an advocate for education as much as she is clean coal, and has worked with underprivileged middle school students, peers in her major, and international students to help them accomplish their academic goals.
Lauren believes this internship will help her understand the law side of the EMPE degree she is pursuing. Looking forward to this opportunity Lauren said, “I am very excited about the internship and anxious to get there and see the inner workings of the government.”
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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.