Internews Welcomes 2019 Shannon York Fellow

July 10, 2019

Jared Page standing with Capitol building behind him

Jared Page, a resident of Henderson, TN and a senior political science major at the University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus, will spend a month interning at Internews’ office in Washington, DC as the 2019 Shannon York Fellow.

The fellowship was set up in memory of beloved Internews colleague Shannon York who worked for Internews from 1999 until his too early death at the age of 45 in 2017. He was the embodiment of Internews’ core values. The Shannon York Fellowship is run in partnership with the University of Memphis, Lambuth where Shannon earned his undergraduate degree. 

“Shannon loved Internews and was proud of his long service for the organization,” says Anthony Garrett, Internews Advisor on Policy and Strategic Development. “He spent extensive time in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, as well as put in long hours helping the D.C. office. Many of us remember him with great fondness and remain grateful for how he went the extra mile to help his colleagues.”

Jared is interested in state and local politics as well as international relations and human rights. As an intern for the 2018-2019 Tennessee General Assembly from Jan-April 2019, he worked for Higher Education Subcommittee Chairman, Representative Jim Coley. Jared says that his favorite moments were solving constituent issues and learning about the legislative process.

Jared also participated in the 2019 Midwest Model United Nations Program in St Louis, Missouri while representing the Republic of Iraq. Issues such as peaceful uses for outer space and landmine action were debated during the conference.

The itinerary for the Fellowship includes meeting and working with members of the Internews team, visiting congressional offices, and attending think tanks, museums and lectures related to international issues.