Quinton O’Connor, Hill Impact’s New Government Relations Intern
February 11, 2019
My name is Quinton “Quin” O’Connor, and I’m happy to announce that I’m Hill Impact’s spring government relations intern. Currently, I am a junior at George Washington University pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. Taking this position at Hill Impact is exciting as it allows me to continue my professional development outside of the classroom. I hope to be a valuable addition to the team as I bring my know-how from George Washington and prior internships to my work here at Hill Impact.
My work experience includes both franchise development and strategic advisory services. Recently I finished an internship as a communications and research intern at Cambridge Global Advisors, a firm that focuses heavily on cybersecurity policy. My notable contributions include helping organize events like DEFCON Voting Village, which addresses election security and made national news when an 11-year-old hacked a Florida election machine and changed the results, and a pension security forum at The University of Chicago, which helped launch the Institute for Pension Integrity.
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the best places in the world to be in the summer. For the three months a year that it isn’t a frozen wasteland, my free time is spent hiking, camping, going to the beach and exploring Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. I also enjoy traveling when I have the time (and money) and have visited Costa Rica several times, as well as Spain and Nicaragua. There is a lengthy list of places I want to visit, including seeing my extended family in Columbia and exploring where my ancestors came from in Ireland.
Dedicating much of my free time to volunteerism is a personal value, which I carry out by mentoring and tutoring at organizations like the West Michigan Refugee Center and The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. I also train jiu jitsu almost every day and will undoubtedly show up to work with bruises, scrapes, and other miscellaneous injuries. Don’t be alarmed-- you should see the other guy.
I am extremely excited to join the Hill Impact team and am looking forward to the free coffee to further fuel my caffeine addiction.