Center hosts four summer interns

Responsibilities include ‘bannering’ on a highway overpass.

Josh Kavanagh, a native of Warroad, finishing a degree in American politics and policy at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.) says he expected his internship at Center of the American Experiment to include a good deal of research and writing on “important issues.”

“I expected to learn more about the intricacies of Minnesota’s economy,” he says. What he didn’t expect was the opportunity to roll up his sleeves and help promote those policies. Kavanagh spent a portion of his internship bringing visibility to the Center’s aggressive plan to correlate policies from the Met Council with increased traffic in the Twin Cities, a program that included billboards, bumper stickers and extensive radio advertising.

His responsibilities included waving banners on freeway overpasses during rush hour several days each week. (See video at

“John [Hinderaker, American Experiment’s president] is such a fun-loving guy that I should have expected it. It was a good way to get out of my chair and actually do something physical during the summer. It was great.”

The Center hosted three other exceptional interns through the summer.

Jared Miller grew up in Waconia and is currently a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in history with minors in business strategy and Japanese. This summer he assisted the Center’s development director.

Lauren Hayward graduated from Wayzata High School. She is studying elementary education and political science at Westmont College in California. She aspires to teach, work in education policy, and one day run for public office.

Tori Roloff grew up in Eden Prairie and graduated from Minnehaha Academy. She just finished her first year at the University of Virginia where she plans to study economics and philosophy. She is a member of the Alfred Marshall Society economics club and is an editor for the school newspaper, the Cavalier Daily. She plans to attend law school.