Student Spotlight
Grad School Bound

Love of politics propels Jason Marshall ’17   from internships to law school 

img-0600Get involved! That’s the one piece of advice incoming freshmen hear the most, and Jason Marshall ’17 should know.

From internships with the Marion County Democratic Party as a freshman to U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s (D-IN) office in Washington, D.C., as a senior, this political science graduate appreciates how the program helped him transform his interest in politics into a plethora of opportunities.

“The friendships, skills and networks you gain early on will become so vital in anything you pursue,” said Marshall, who will enter the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in fall 2018.

Marshall’s list of on-campus activities is impressive: Greyhound Ambassador for the Admissions Office, Student Athlete Advisory Committee member, two years as Indianapolis Student Government president and founder of the Pre-Law Student Association.

“Not only have these experiences been fun, but being involved on campus helped me to understand what my passions are and have helped me develop a true sense of service,” said Marshall, who minored in pre-law.

He credits his professors for encouraging him to pursue off-campus positions that allowed him to gain valuable professional skills in communication, research and government. Along with internships in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., Marshall tracked legislation at the Indiana Statehouse for Hannah News Service Midwest, for which he continued to work as office manager during the 2018 legislative session.

img_1434Marshall said his professors were dedicated to helping him not just in the classroom, but also in finding the right fit for each internship.

“Dr. David Root and Dr. Laura Wilson are incredible professors. They have helped me get to the point that I am, and their dedication to students and the profession are an inspiration to always go above and beyond what I do,” he said.