2017-2018 Intern - Thomas Dowling
Thomas Dowling was selected from a field of 32 stellar candidates as the Wolff intern for the 2017-2018 academic year. A first-generation college student, he is a native of Chicago and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in the city. Thomas majors in history and political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a focus on civic leadership. In November 2017, Thomas was one of 32 American students to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at University of Oxford in England. Thomas is the first Rhodes Scholar at the University of Illinois since 1998 and only the tenth from the university since American students began receiving scholarships in 1904. In April 2017, Thomas was selected as one of only 62 students across the nation to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship. He also was selected in November 2107 as the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thomas says he wants some day to be elected to the Illinois General Assembly and already has experience in politics working with a Washington think-tank, a major presidential candidate's campaign, a state representative's district office, and a national labor organization. He also founded YOUTHink Politics, a non-profit designed to help high school students become engaged in the political process.
Intern Honor Roll
Wolff interns go on to do great things in their lives and we do our best to keep up with them. Below is the roster of previous interns and their current position. Included in this list are two former White House interns. One later served on President Obama's White House staff, while the other went on to work for both the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute before returning to Chicago for graduate school.
Samantha Bolet – 2016-2017 -- Graduate student, College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mitch Dickey – 2015-2016 – Advocacy Coordinator, Illinois Connection, University of Illinois Alumni Association, Urbana, IL
Ryan Fane – 2014-2015 – Graduate Student (on leave), History, University of Pittsburgh
Neha Nigam – 2013-2014 – Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago
Emily Blumenthal – 2012-2013 – Graduate Student, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Tim Knudsen – 2011-2012 – Associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago
Laura Miller – 2010-2011 -- Senior Director, Civic Advisors consulting firm, Washington, DC
Drew Bazil – 2009-2010 – Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department, Washington, DC
Lally Gartel – 2007-2009 – Associate, Novack and Macey LLP, Chicago
Jacqueline Orozco – 2006-2007 – Anchor/Reporter, WSYX-TV, Columbus, OH
Jon Monteith – 2005-2006 -- Director of Communications, State Innovation Exchange, Denver, CO
About Charles P. Wolff
Charles P. "Chas" Wolff was a 1970 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who dedicated his career to public service. He spent six years as an assistant to Senator Adlai Stevenson III. He also advised Senators Bill Bradley, D-NJ, and Robert Kerry, D-NE, and was an adviser to Vice President Walter Mondale and to Democratic presidential candidate Bruce Babbitt in his campaign for the 1988 Democratic nomination for president.
Wolff also served as Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Commerce and was president and chief operating officer of the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies in Chicago.
He was elected to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees in 1986 and became its president in 1989. He served as Board president until his death from cancer in 1991.
Source: Chicago Tribune, Nov. 10, 1991
U of I Fund Agreement, Dec. 30, 2003
Photo courtesy University of Illinois Archives &
Champaign News-Gazette, Oct. 26, 1986