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ASU grad secures future with Arizona State Senate


ASU grad Madison Woerner poses outside of the Arizona State Capitol

ASU School of Politics and Global Studies student Madison Woerner will continue her time as a legislative assistant in the Arizona State Senate after graduating this December. Photo courtesy Madison Woerner

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November 17, 2022

Growing up in a politically active family, Madison Woerner was eager to pursue an education that concentrated on political statistics and the election process. 

Those passions helped Woerner find her home at Arizona State University's School of Politics and Global Studies, which provided her with the resources and opportunities to prepare her to feel confident post-graduation.

As she looks forward to graduating with a Bachelor of Science in political science this December, Woerner reflects back on her time at ASU with pride and gratitude, particularly concerning her participation in the Arizona Legislative and Government Internship Program

“This internship allowed me to gain insight into the inner workings of the Arizona Legislature, and I met many dear friends through this program,” she said. 

After graduation, Woerner plans to continue her time as a legislative assistant in the Arizona State Senate and hopes to grow her passion for politics into a lasting career.

As a student at ASU, Woerner enjoyed learning about the inner workings of the Supreme Court and comparing the United States’ legislative processes with those of other countries. She especially enjoyed the American Political Parties course taught by Matthew Dempsey, a teaching assistant professor with the School of Politics and Global Studies. 

“Professor Dempsey was extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help,” Woerner said. “He provided me with critical knowledge in my field in an interesting and enlightening way.

Inspiring professors and peers supported Woerner in her efforts to get out of her comfort zone and apply for opportunities that she desired.

“I was given the opportunity to apply (for the Arizona Legislative and Government Internship Program) and the even bigger opportunity to accept the position as a policy intern," she said, "and it has opened many doors for me."

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