University of Southern Mississippi Student Government Association
President Walt Cain, an international studies major from Madison,
will enhance his academic experience at the university by participating
in a summer internship in U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's Washington, D.C.,
office this summer.
Cain will perform
a variety of duties for Cochran, including constituent services,
capitol tours and research on legislative issues for Cochran and
other members of his staff. Cochran currently is chair of the Senate
committee for homeland security appropriations.
looking forward to it, and seeing how things work with regard to
the legislative side of dealing with homeland security issues,"
Cain said. "It's obviously a great opportunity
Cochran is well respected, both in Mississippi and in Washington."
As the recently
inaugurated president of the Southern Miss Student Government Association,
Cain believes the internship will also help him as a campus leader.
"It will be a good way to see how people handle different situations
(through legislation), and learn how to achieve a common goal with
people that you may have little in common with. That translates
not only to student government, but life in general. Succeeding
is being able to work with and understand different people."
to being involved with SGA, Cain is a member of Pi Kappha Phi and
Men of Excellence at Southern Miss. In addition to majoring in international
studies, Cain is also pursuing a minor in political science.
Assistant Dean of Students Mike Mitchell said Cain "has a real
grasp on the concept of leadership."
a phenomenal guy, and it has been a blast watching him grow through
his involvement in student government," said Mitchell, who
also serves as adviser to the SGA.
Assistant Dean for Greek Life John Burks also praised Cain for being
an active campus leader who has made a difference for his fellow
students at Southern Miss. "Walt's dedication to The University
of Southern Mississippi can be seen through his hard work with our
student body," Burks said. "I have had the opportunity
to work with him in the Student Activities Office and the Greek
Life Office, and he has always been very dependable and willing
to do whatever it took to get the job done."