Interns Archives – Concerned Women for America

Meet Our Summer Intern: Susanna Edgecomb

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Hello! My name is Susanna Edgecomb, and I’m the Government Relations Intern here at Concerned Women for America (CWA).


I am from Madison, Alabama, and attend the University of Alabama. I’m a junior studying Social Work and Political Science, and after I graduate, I will then likely continue my education in graduate school.  


Before I came to college, I never cared much for politics or public policy. I knew what I believed in and would vote accordingly, but I never considered it a possible career field. Then at college, I became involved in a Young Americans for Freedom Chapter and Young Women for America, CWA’s collegiate leadership program. With my involvement in these organizations, I educated myself and discovered that maybe I could make a difference in the world of public policy.


In Young Women for America, we always say we were made “for such a time as this.” This comes from Esther 4:14, where Queen Esther is about to risk her life to save her people. The verse has been my motto for the past year as I’ve been unsure of my future path. When I meditate on the words of Esther 4:14, I know He is guiding me, which helps me to know I can fully trust the Lord with my future.


Thanks to this incredible internship at CWA, I feel like I have found the path on which I belong. Working in a Christ-centered environment has opened my eyes to all the good in this world that so often feels hopeless. Making a difference in the world through policy change has become my future endeavor, and I hope to change this world for the better.


Concerned Women for America is the perfect mix of faith and politics of which I have long desired to be a part. CWA’s core issues have been fundamental in developing my own political views, and it’s a dream to work for an organization with such a beautiful history. This summer will be a joyful part of that history with the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. To be standing outside the Supreme Court at such a historic moment in time, I know that God has placed me here “for such a time as this.”

Meet Our Summer Intern: Abigail DeJarnatt

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Hello! I am Abigail DeJarnatt and I am thrilled to be the Young Women for America (YWA) intern at Concerned Women for America (CWA) this summer. I grew up in Northwest Arkansas in a wonderful Christian family who have helped me grow strong in my relationship with Jesus.


It is truly only by the grace of God that I am here today. When I started college at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2019, I thought I had my life planned out—but God had other, better plans. Though I once thought I would be a speech pathologist, God has taken me on an incredible journey, destroying every single one of my plans and calling me into the intersection of Christianity and politics. Praise God that His ways are so much better than mine!


Part of God’s faithfulness was introducing me to CWA. In 2021, I attended Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit and heard Annabelle Rutledge (YWA’s National Director) explain the heart of CWA. The fact that CWA is entirely focused on advocating for Biblical values in public policy was so appealing to me that I immediately left the session to find the YWA table to learn more about this organization. I loved that YWA’s conservatism was anchored in Jesus. By August, I joined the YWA Ambassador program and was so grateful for the opportunity to join CWA at the Supreme Court on December 1, 2021, for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization oral arguments prayer rally.


I have been so blessed by the CWA and YWA community and cannot fully explain what a blessing it is to be around such Christlike women (and men) each day of this internship. Not only am I learning about how to grow the YWA program and write educational content, but I am learning about how to love and serve others well in the workplace.


As I move toward graduating in December of this year (with a degree in news/editorial journalism), my prayer is that I get to continue working in the intersection of Christianity and politics until God closes that door. I want to help Christian women understand how their faith directly applies to culture and public policy. It is truly amazing to me how the Word of God speaks to each and every issue our society faces. Jesus is the answer to all the questions our world is desperately asking—He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! Consequently, I think that political discourse has an incredible capacity to advance the Gospel, and I am so thankful for the work CWA does to promote the good news of Jesus.


(As a side note, I praise God that He allowed us to be present when Roe v. Wade was overturned! That is a moment I will never forget—best internship ever!)

Meet Our Summer Intern: Paige Nelson

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Hi all! My name is Paige Nelson, and I have the pleasure of being Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Media and Communications intern this summer!


I am so blessed to be in the presence of women who embody Biblical values first and talk policy second. I am from the small town of Arlington, Washington, and am the youngest of three kids. My parents are my whole world, and it is during adventures like these that I am so thankful for Facetime. Moving across the country has been an adjustment, but the women of CWA have made my transition so smooth!


I am wrapping up college at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where I am obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism, as well as a minor in political science. Throughout my college experience, I have been at the forefront of public policy both on and off campus. I am a Young Women for America Ambassador and the current president of the university’s Turning Point USA chapter, where I have had the honor of equipping like-minded students with the necessary tools to win over the other side. Beyond that, I have had the privilege of attending multiple Operation Underground Railroad events that focus on ending human trafficking, as well as networking through conferences like Turning Point USA’s Young Women Leadership Summit and advocating for life in front of my peers.


As much as I love getting into debates on the political battlefield, my true love lies elsewhere. Back in Salt Lake, I work for an amazing company that supports older women with disabilities. There I act as a direct support professional, which essentially means I take the ladies out to dinner, teach them how to maintain clean living environments, and assist them in creating healthy behavioral habits and clear boundaries. It has been an absolute joy growing with them and seeing how much progress towards normalcy they can achieve with the right support. That is part of the reason I am so passionately pro-life. Some 67% of babies in the U.S. diagnosed with Downs Syndrome in the womb are aborted. And as heartbreaking as that is, I am so thankful God has called me for such a time as this to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.


Looking forward, I am interested in working in public policy in some sort of capacity where I can continue to advocate for and work with both children and adults with disabilities. I strongly feel as though the Lord has given me the heart to love on that specific community, and I hope someday to help create a country where we are loved as we are despite our differences. Whether that be through a nonprofit or by taking legislative action, I know I will be guided on the right path. That is why I am so excited to be here this summer because it is giving me a great visual of what it takes to run a successful organization.


Working at CWA feels so surreal, and I am beyond blessed to be able to work towards my career goals in an environment that lifts God’s Word. Although I know these seven weeks are going to fly by, I am excited to reflect on all that I have learned when this chapter closes. I am so thankful for this opportunity to represent Concerned Women for America as one of their interns this summer!

Meet CWA’s Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Summer Interns

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Over the next several weeks, we will introduce you to our three wonderful summer interns. Today, we introduce you to Lindsey Hudson.

Hi! I’m Lindsey Hudson, and I am the Government Relations Intern with Concerned Women for America (CWA) this summer. My faith, family, country, standing up for what I believe in, and fighting for justice are the most important things in my life.  In CWA I have found the perfect avenue for expressing and acting on those passions.  I love CWA’s mission, which is to pray and then act. With seeing all that is going on in the world today, I feel compelled to do my part in using my voice to uphold Biblical truths while encouraging others to do the same.

Ideally, I would love to continue pursuing my passion for justice by working in intelligence, such as the Central Intelligence Agency or the Federal Bureau of Investigations. My greatest desire though is to place as paramount God’s plan and guidance for my life over my own desires and wishes.

During this season, God has been revealing to me that justice can be fought for and advocated for through a variety of channels. For instance, I have learned, while working in the Government Relations Department, that lobbying for legislation and the power of the pen can produce significant results in advocating for what is right. Ultimately, I believe that a life of impact involves striving to put others’ needs above one’s own, working hard to bring glory to God, and loving God with one’s whole heart.

I have one summer class left before graduating from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus in criminal psychology. I am excited to see where God will lead and direct me in this next season of life, while I continue to put my faith and trust in Him.

Read Lindsey’s published article.