Etoria Hallums Completes Internship For Congressman Bob Inglis

November 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. — University of South Carolina Upstate student Etoria Hallums, 21, experienced Washington D.C. politics firsthand over the summer when she completed the four-week, paid, Robert L. Woodson Internship Program in Congressman Bob Inglis’ office. Hallums, a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, was chosen for the internship by the Urban League of Greenville and U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis.

“I’m glad I was selected because it was a wonderful experience,” says Hallums. The Robert L. Woodson Jr. Summer Internship Program offers opportunities for leadership development in a professional environment for African American college students. The program honors Robert L. Woodson Jr., an African American who previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Inglis.

The internship allowed Hallums to learn about the issues affecting Rep. Inglis’ constituents in the fourth district of South Carolina which includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Union counties and the northern tip of Laurens County, and to see and experience the day-to-day operation of a congressional office. She answered letters concerning bills and votes that Rep. Inglis would be making. She collected signatures for bills involving taxes and immigration, attended hearings, answered constituents’ phone calls and maintained a database of constituent service issues. As one of 10 staff members, she ran errands and performed other general office functions.

In addition to learning the inner workings of a congressional office, Hallums also enjoyed investigating the nation’s capital. She lived at the Young Woman’s Christian Home on Capitol Hill, attended a fourth of July concert featuring Reba McIntyre and Gladys Knight, visited many of Washington D.C.’s museums, navigated around the city on the subway system and did a lot of walking.

“I walked everywhere,” says Hallums, “and maybe lost about 10 pounds!”

Now that Hallums has returned to USC Upstate for the fall semester to continue her political science studies, she says that while the experience was wonderful, she has decided that elected office may not be her career choice. Instead, she is setting her sights on law school. As a classically trained singer, Hallums says she may pursue entertainment law.