South Fulton, Tenn.
While being a double major in political science and public relations sounds difficult, Mark Maloney accepted the challenge. The summer following his freshman year, Maloney landed an internship for a political campaign.
As Maloney likes to say, "If your heart beats for it, go for it." And as a double major in political science and public relations, there is no doubt that he means what he says.
With his father working in the textile industry, Maloney's family moved around often. For three years, Maloney lived with his family in Honduras. He has also lived in Athens, Ga., Hattiesburg, Miss., and now resides in South Fulton. After moving around with his family through most of his childhood, Maloney had a good idea of what he was looking for in a college.
Maloney enjoyed UT Martin's small campus and closeness to home, but now that he has completed his freshman year, he has discovered the greater potential that UT Martin offers for his future.
"To say that college is different from high school is the understatement of the century. It's been a crazy, wild ride. I mean, I've learned so much and made so many relationships already on campus and with the internship I've been doing," said Maloney, who spent his summer interning for the Eric Stewart congressional campaign. He continued, "I never expected that. I never expected that the summer of my freshman year I'd be working on a national level with something that important. It's because of UT Martin. I wouldn't trade it for the world."
The summer after his freshman year, Maloney fell into his first internship working for the Eric Stewart congressional campaign. The internship combined both his love for political science and public relations.
It was through connections Maloney made at UT Martin that helped him land his internship. UT Martin alumnus, Kevin Teets, campaign coordinator for the Eric Stewart congressional campaign, contacted Maloney's fraternity seeking out help with the campaign. And as his chapter's communications coordinator, Maloney was a great fit for the position.
In his internship, Maloney was responsible for calling voters, asking them questions, and filling out surveys accordingly.
"People say you get the telemarketer experience or people hang up right away. But actually, they pose a lot of questions and as a political science major, that speaks to me."
Thanks to his experiences through his summer internship, Maloney has a better idea of what he would like to do with his degrees. Working for the campaign combined his passion for political science and his interests in public relations.
"Now, what I really want to do is work with campaigns, work with the United States government on a greater level," said Maloney.