Meet the Interns

Meet our awesome Spring 2013 Interns!


Brendan McGuire

Now here is a boy with a passion for public service. Hoping to make something of himself, Brendan has been doing community service work since he was in the 5th grade. Whether registering folks to vote or teaching kids how to swim, his winning smile and signature loud voice are always on display. Originally from Washington, DC, Brendan recently relocated to Chicago to attend college, think deep thoughts, and find ways to make the world a better place.

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Anna is a first-year at the University of Chicago majoring in Political Science. She currently works with UChicago’s Institute of Politics, writes for the Shady Dealer (a humor publication at UChicago) and is on the club Ultimate Frisbee team. When not found hiking with her amazing dog, Cyrus (see photo!), Anna can be found helping run mayoral campaigns and interning in DC. She loves working on campaigns mainly as a means to talk to young voters  and get them interested in politics (and maybe get a few numbers along the way).


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Katherine is currently finishing her third year at the University of Chicago and the second season of The West Wing. She studies political science and anthropology, plays on the club lacrosse team, and recently returned from studying abroad in Cairo, Egypt. Katherine got involved in local politics back home in Massachusetts at a young age, where she fine turned her sign-holding skills. Few things get her as excited as Election Day.


Mason Salazar

Mason Salazar was born and raised in Pilsen and Back of the Yards (both are neighborhoods in Chicago, don’t you know?). Set to graduate in June, he is (almost) the first in his family to graduate a four-year university and has plans to attend graduate school after looking for a stable job to pay off those pesky loans. His involvement at DePaul University and with his community has helped him work in support of his belief in the power of education and the need to empower those who have been consistently marginalized. As an history major, he enjoys making connections from the “then and there” to the “here and now”. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his one-year-old daughter, trying new alcoholic beverages, watching tons of documentaries, and being an all around sporty guy.


Folashade Samuel

While working to earn her B.A. in Psychology at Eastern Illinois University, Folashade made the Dean’s List, got involved with six (count ‘em 6!) different organizations, and was named one of EIU’s Top Black Achievers. She says that the unselfish action of volunteering brings her a sense of joy because gives her a chance to give back to her community. Fun fact: Folashade is is double jointed in her right thumb! While not giving back, Folashade enjoys watching movies and listening to music.

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Christine Seidensticker

Christine is a student at the University of Chicago and thinks it’s a shame that voter registration is so difficult. In her work with community service groups and as an intern with a campaign for US Congress, Christine has seen first-hand the importance of being engaged with politics and having access to the political voice people need to improve their own lives.


Luis Patino

Luis is a dreamer with a passion for baking. While he hopes to become the next cake boss, he also has a passion for politics like everyone else. Even though Luis can’t vote yet, he still wants to make a difference in the community, all while embracing his inner sneakerhead (he has a passion for shoes too because why not).