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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

September 13, 2017

College of the Ozarks junior interns at Senator Roy Blunt’s office in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Presley interned in the office of Senator Roy Blunt during summer 2017. Lauren Presley, junior public relations major at College of the Ozarks, interned in the office of Senator Roy Blunt during summer 2017.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Lauren Presley, junior public relations major at College of the Ozarks, interned at Senator Roy Blunt’s office in Washington, D.C, last summer 2017. 

Presley worked in Blunt’s office for four weeks. Before her internship, Presley volunteered on Blunt's re-election campaign in 2016 and interned in the senator's Springfield, Missouri, office last semester.

Presley has served as a student public relations assistant at College of the Ozarks for two years. Her political interests motivated her to take on the volunteer hours outside of the College. 

“Senator Blunt’s office gives more than typical ‘intern duties,’ and opens up opportunities for us to be involved in meetings and other aspects of policies that we are interested in,” Presley said. “Not only was I able to be involved with policies, but I also was able to do projects for the press team because of my major and my time in the public relations office.

Presley was persistent in pursuing her goal of working in Washington, D.C.

“I had talked to the staff in the Senate office for the past year regarding acquiring an internship this summer,” Presley said. “When I was visiting Washington, D.C., for the 2016 Presidential Inauguration, I came and spoke with them in person. They encouraged me to fill out an application for the internship, and in March, I was notified that I would be spending part of my summer interning in the United States Senate.

“This internship has taught me so much. I am absolutely blessed. No one can convince me that I am not living the dream,” Presley said. “This internship has been challenging, but it has also grown me into a better and stronger person. I have learned how to work with a variety of people, worked on extremely important projects, and made great networking connections. This internship has given me a new spark of excitement for what opportunities I will have after graduation.”

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman, at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center—the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


09.13.17 – Kyle Duncan


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