IGPA introduces Wolff intern for 2017-2018

Thursday, April 20, 2017

IGPA introduces Wolff intern for 2017-2018

Photograph of Thomas Dowling, 2017-18 Wolff internIGPA is pleased to introduce Thomas Dowling (right) as Wolff intern for the 2017-2018 academic year. Thomas will be a senior in the coming year and will begin his duties with IGPA in early June. He was selected from a field of 31 applicants for the position, which was created in 2005 thanks to a generous gift from Sheryl Pitts Wolff in memory of her husband. Charles P. "Chas" Wolff was a 1970 U of I alum who went on to serve in a variety of public service roles, including as a member and president of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Thomas is a native of Chicago's South Side and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in the city. He is a first-generation college student and majors in history and political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a focus on civic leadership. In April 2017, Thomas was selected as one of only 62 students across the nation to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship, which will provide funding for his graduate studies.

Thomas says he wants to some day become a member of the Illinois General Assembly and already has experience working with a Washington think-tank, a major presidential candidate's campaign, a state representative's campaign 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. 

Thomas will succeed Samantha Bolet, the 2016-2017 Wolff Intern. Samantha will begin graduate studies in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this summer.