AZUSA, Calif.- Westerly, Rhode Island, resident Kymberly Doenges, a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University, was recently awarded the Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship, a program that brings together college women from across the country to intern on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Doenges, who begins her three-month internship with a congresswoman in September 2012, is one of only seven chosen for the fellowship this year.

“My education at Azusa Pacific University prepared me for this incredible opportunity to intern in our nation’s capital,” said Doenges. “I will gain valuable experience while also networking with influential members of government.”

Doenges graduated from APU in May 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science. As a student, she studied abroad multiple times and was a member of the political science national honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.

“Annually, APU graduates compete for many of the most prestigious awards and the best graduate programs in the country. Kymberly is an example of a recent graduate who has earned national recognition and will now serve alongside fellows from some of the nation’s elite colleges and universities,” said David Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship program brings college women to Washington, D.C. each year to learn about politics first hand. During this semester, the Star Fellows intern Monday through Thursday for a female U.S. representative or senator. Each Friday, they participate in a political seminar where they receive an in-depth look at politics and the importance of running for elected office. Fellows learn from top campaign strategists, consultants, and other important movers and shakers in Washington. The fellows emerge from their semester in D.C. with a deeper understanding of the need for more women in government, and confidence in their own abilities to lead, whether at their schools or on the national stage.