May 09, 2012 12:00AM
Brandon Mills, a self-confessed political junkie, will be living his dream in a couple of weeks when he begins a summer internship with the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., just as the 2012 presidential race heats up.
Mills will graduate from Pittsburg State University Saturday with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a bachelor of science degree in public relations. He will be one of more than 1,200 who are eligible to participate in commencement exercises on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, in John Lance Arena.
“As of right now, I will be primarily doing research on the candidates. I will be going over news stories on Mitt Romney and some of the key Senate and House races in the country,” Mills said of his internship. “I’d also like to work on the communications side of it and I’ve been told there might be some opportunities there.”
A former Student Government Association president, Mills has been a popular campus leader in his years at Pitt State and was one of the nominees for Outstanding Senior Man. But Mills, who grew up in Lansing, Kan., initially didn’t expect to find himself at PSU.
“Honestly, this was my last choice,” Mills said. “I had five schools I was looking at. But two of the most influential teachers I had were both Pitt State grads and one of them happened to be my track coach. She told me if I didn’t at least visit, I’d be running sprints. So I visited.”
Something clicked during that campus visit and Mills knew PSU was where he wanted to go.
“It was the perfect decision for me,” Mills said.
In August, Mills will return to Kansas where he will begin a master’s degree program in public administration at Wichita State University. Eventually, he said, he could see himself working for a political consulting firm, but he’s keeping his options open.
“Who knows,” Mills said when considering his future. “Maybe some day I’ll move to Washington.”