Recent Graduate Earns Dunn Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
July 1, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Recent Illinois Wesleyan University graduate Charlie Sell of Wauconda,
Ill., has been admitted into the prestigious James H. Dunn Memorial Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship will take Sell to Washington D.C. where he will act as a liaison between
the federal government and the governor’s office for the state of Illinois. Several
Dunn Fellows are chosen each year to work at offices in Springfield and Chicago, but
only one fellow is slated to work in the three-person Washington, D.C. office. This
is the second year in a row that an Illinois Wesleyan graduate has secured the Washington,
D.C. slot. Illinois Wesleyan 2009 alumna Christine Gibbs was honored with the fellowship last year.
Sell, a 2010 graduate with a degree in political science, will be a full-time employee
of the Illinois state government for the next year. “The office serves as a point
of contact between state-level government and the federal government,” said Sell.
“My job will be to help communicate with the governor’s office and see they get the
information they need to help the state.” Sell said the office keeps close track of
information on topics such as jobs, health care and the stimulus package.
According to Illinois Wesleyan University Chair and Associate Professor of Political
Science James Simeone, the D.C. fellowship is bestowed upon top students from the
state. “This is a very competitive and very coveted prize for students of political
science,” he said.
In early August, Sell will head to Washington, D.C. to begin work on the fellowship.
It will be a return trip for the Illinois Wesleyan graduate, who spent the second
semester of his junior year at an internship for the Business Council for International
Understanding. “It is a very young and vibrant culture,” said Sell of D.C. “I’m anxious
to get back there.”
After the fellowship ends, Sell hopes to expose himself to international politics,
perhaps returning to Switzerland where he spent a semester studying international
organizations such as the Red Cross. “I would love to be immersed in the international
political culture and see how I respond,” said Sell.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960