Sarina Rhinehart: Iowa House Democrats

What has she been doing?
This spring semester, Sarina Rhinehart, a junior with majors in Political Science and Integrated Marketing Communications, has been interning for the Iowa House Democrats.  Along with three other interns, Sarina is charged with completing any communications task (photography, video, newsletter, etc.) requested by the 47 House Democrats.

What strengths did she gain within the position?
Within her role, Sarina has developed the ability to meet strict deadlines, assisting with the creation of each representative’s weekly newsletter.  She has also embraced a willingness to take on any task handed to her.

What does her supervisor have to say about her work?
Rachelle Thomas, Deputy Communications Director, shared, “During her internship, Sarina’s experience in the Iowa House has improved her leadership skills and breadth of knowledge understanding the legislative process. Her dedication and commitment to the House Democrats was extremely helpful in achieving our goals of session to improve life and expand opportunities for the people of Iowa.”

How did she find out about this internship?
Sarina found out about the position through Simpson’s CareerPaths website. All current students can access this online job-bulletin to search for internships, part and full time jobs, and career-related events.  Applications for the Iowa House Democrats are typically accepted in November with experiences being during the spring semester.  To learn more please contact Rachelle Thomas ( or Dean Fiihr (

Why does she think internships are important?
Sarina stated, “My internships have been some of my most valuable experiences at Simpson. They have allowed me to take what I have learned in the classroom and apply it to actual companies. Internships have helped me figure out what I want and don’t want in a future career. They are great to build one’s personal network. Having an internship puts one way ahead in the application process over others who do not have this experience.”

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