Tranel Office Hosted Summer Intern Rebekah Cullum
Madison, WI —This summer, Rep. Travis Tranel’s office welcomed Rebekah Cullum as an intern. Cullum will spend the summer working alongside Tranel’s staff, Jeff Curry and Stephanie Louis, to serve constituents of the 49th assembly district from the assemblyman’s office in Madison, Wisconsin.
“This is an opportunity I’ve dreamed of since childhood,” says Cullum. “Seeing the majestic Capitol building and the men and women who worked so hard for their constituents there—I always wanted to be part of that. And now I am. It is such an honor and a privilege to serve the people of southwestern Wisconsin in this way.”
A longtime resident of Janesville, Wisconsin, Cullum is currently studying political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She spends most of her days poring over books by political thinkers like Alexis de Tocqueville, John Locke, and Niccolò Machiavelli—a beloved pastime, she says, but one sometimes lacking connection to current politics. “I love political philosophy, but to have the ability to apply that philosophy—that’s something more challenging. And this internship is giving me the tools to do just that.”
At the office, Cullum has the opportunity to be involved in the inner workings of government: engaging constituents in various ways, composing letters and press releases, and attending committee hearings and legislative sessions, as well as assisting in other office work. She has also enjoyed working alongside Carter Schmitt, a Janesville high school student also interning with Rep. Tranel. Her internship will extend through mid-August, when she begins her senior year at UW-Madison.
“Rebekah worked diligently and enthusiastically this summer and was a tremendous help to our office team,” says Tranel. “It is great to see young people who are motivated to participate in state government. A legislative internship is a good way to gain a better understanding of the legislative process and the work we do to help the folks in the 49th district.”