Alex Bybee is currently the Vice President for ASUN, the student government at the University of Nevada, and he has had a busy semester at Nevada implementing a new internship program for students.
Alex followed an interest in politics, which developed during his time in high school in Las Vegas, to Northern Nevada where he could go to college and be close to our state capitol, Carson City. Bybee was part of the Nevada Youth Legislature and worked with a state legislator to represent the non-voting constituents in his district. Being involved with student government and club activities at Nevada has helped Alex develop his interest in politics while connecting with students.
In his first semester at Nevada, Alex attended a Student Senate meeting where he learned that there was an opening in the ASUN Legislative Affairs Department for a student worker. He saw this as a perfect opportunity to build upon his passion of politics and continue to learn about the political system as he had with the Nevada Youth Legislature program. As a sophomore Alex had the opportunity to become the director of Legislative Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada, and the connections he developed in the position combined with the skills he developed leading a team of students prepared him to run for Vice President.
Pack Internship Grant Program
While campaigning with Jake Pereira and talking to students, Alex had the idea of finding a way to use money directed towards ASUN from a $5/credit tuition fee that students are already paying, to open up new internship opportunities. The Pack Internship Grant Program is what grew from Alex’s idea on the campaign. This year the program will open up with $30,000 to provide for 21 internships for students with companies in the Reno area. Internships will be with local non-profits, state agencies, and local companies to provide a variety of work and professional experience for students who are looking to get a foot in the door. By working with the Career Center on campus, Alex and ASUN were able to find great internship positions for students where they would be doing meaningful work to develop skills, and truly learn about themselves and potential careers.
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