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CAPE Students Receive Internships with NC Senator

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Pictured: Andrew Harris Jr. and Nickisha Livingston pose with North Carolina Senator Terry Van Duyn.

June 24,2014 - Two Shaw University CAPE students, Andrew Harris Jr. and Nickisha Livingston, recently began internships with North Carolina Senator Terry Van Duyn. Both Harris and Livingston are public administration majors and veterans of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps respectively.

Harris, a senior from Tallahassee, FL, currently has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. In 2013, he was named the “Outstanding Student” in public administration and he has also made both the President’s List and the Dean’s List while at Shaw. Following graduation, Harris hopes to obtain a job with the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide assistance to veterans and their families. A father who enjoys helping his children with their homework and attending their sporting events, Harris acknowledges that Shaw has not only prepared him for his current internship, but also for the future. “What I’ve learned and accomplished at Shaw has propelled me in all aspects of life,” he said. “If you attack your challenges head on at 100%, even if you fall short of your personal expectations, you may still reap the respect of others.”

Livingston, also a senior, is from Freeport, NY and currently maintains a 3.8 GPA. Also a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society she has been a member of the Dean’s List and a recipient of the Nassau County Police Sherriff’s Department Benevolence Association Scholarship. Livingston chose Shaw because of its well-regarded public administration program and is planning to attend graduate school to earn a master of public health after graduation. “I have had the privilege of taking courses from Dr. Kalu and Dr. Elliott,” said Livingston. “The knowledge I have received under their instruction makes me feel more than confident that I will be prepared to work upon graduation. I truly believe I am receiving a quality education that could rival any Ivy League college education.” However, Livingston notes that her most important “extracurricular activity” as a student is motherhood because she is “leading [her children] by example and investing in their future.”