An internship in her U.S. senator's office turned into the opportunity to be at the center of American political history for one St. Lawrence senior.

Melody L. Diegor '01, of Windsor, Connecticut, had a January internship in the Washington office of Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and continued to work there during the Spring 2000 semester, while in the off-campus study program at American University. The economics major enjoyed the experience so much that she stayed on, to become a staff member -- assistant to the senator's executive assistant -- during the summer.

That's when Lieberman became the first Jewish candidate and major-party nominee for the vice presidency of the United States, and Diegor staffed his office's front desk the day the announcement was made.

"It was amazing," Diegor says of the experience. "It's been so exiciting. I've met so many people -- Ted Kennedy, Strom Thurmond, Bill Bennett -- so many people. And I've learned so much."

Diegor is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, as well as a participant in St. Lawrence's Big Sister program and student government organization.

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