Cassie Bolinger PPP’20 is one of nine undergraduate Rutgers students to receive the 2019 Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award. The award provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, DC. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses. Applicants are evaluated based on individual initiative, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and service, and financial need.
A member of Douglass Residential College majoring in Planning and Public Policy and minoring in Economics, she is also pursuing a certificate in Urban Planning and is a recipient of the Rutgers Civic Scholar Certificate. She was recently selected to participate in the Bloustein School’s highly-competitive Ralph W. Voorhees Fellowship Program in Public Service.
Cassie is passionate about government and community outreach and has experience working at the federal, state and local levels, having interned with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs assisting with the state’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program and in the New Jersey State Legislature. This summer, she will be interning with the Federal Communications Commission in the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division in Washington D.C. working to engage advocacy and community groups to assist in helping consumers on matters involving telecommunications, broadcast, and broadband.
She has been involved in the New Brunswick and Middlesex County communities as a tutor for New Brunswick public school students through Youth Empowerment Services and for incarcerated students working towards their GEDs at Middlesex County Jail through the Petey Greene Program. She was a Community Research Assistant with the Central Jersey Diaper Bank and took the Collaborative Center course Advancing Community Development.