CSUSB political science student gets a look at local politics


Cal State San Bernardino senior Kevin Cleppe now has an idea about how proposed bills become laws and the process that goes on behind the scenes.

Kevin CleppeThe political science major landed an internship with the local office of state Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which he hopes will help him with his post-college career.

The 22-year-old plans to eventually join the United States Air Force and put his CSUSB education to work with military intelligence.

The internship program has enabled Cleppe to gain valuable experience with networking and people skills. He has assisted with polls and surveys and said the internship helped him have a better grasp of what the world of politics is like. And he owes it all to his fellow students in the CSUSB College Republican Club who connected him with the internship.

The San Bernardino resident is in his final year at CSUSB, where he is also employed as a student lifeguard in the recreational sports department. After he receives his bachelor’s degree in June 2013, Cleppe plans to enroll in CSUSB’s National Security Studies master’s program.

His inspiration to join the military came from his father Pete Cleppe, who retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel after a 21-year career. Pete Cleppe also retired from CSUSB in 2008 after 11 years as network analyst for the department of academic computing and media.

Kevin Cleppe attributes his academic accomplishments to some of his CSUSB professors, including Donovan Chau, assistant professor of political science. Chau has been influential in Cleppe’s decision to continue his NSS studies.

In the meantime, Cleppe says he is thankful for the opportunity Morrell has provided through the internship and hopes that a politics-related job will arise from his experience.

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