CSU students Byron Stanley and Chris Muldrow recently completed a unique internship
program through the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Illinois Petroleum
Council (IPC) and took time during a recent reception at the President's home to reflect
on the experience and thank all those involved who help make the internship a valuable
Stanley and Muldrow specifically pointed to Congressman Bobby Rush, who was in attendance,
for his efforts to encourage the industry to take steps towards creating more career
opportunities for young minorities. The students also thanked Congresswoman Robin
Kelly, State Reps. Marcus Evans and Art Turner Jr., Petroleum Council officials James
Watson and Jennifer Baptist, officials from Enbridge Energy and CSU Dean of Students
This was the first year API / IPC offered minority internships for the 2014 Spring
Semester at Chicago State University in order to show their commitment to providing
young leaders with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and gain exposure
to the public service sector. The program provided the students hands-on experiences
in the legislative process both in Springfield and in Washington D.C.
Muldrow and Stanley were selected for their commitment to public service and for showing
leadership on campus. Both CSU and API hope to make this an annual internship program.