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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Spotlight

Sept. 12, 2018

Internships, networking fuel Lyons’ aspirations to work in politics

By Grace Niemeyer, communication assistant

Maxwell Lyons spent his summer interning at Targeted Victory, a digital marketing and consulting firm, near Washington, D.C. (Submitted photo)

Maxwell Lyons spent his summer interning at Targeted Victory, a digital marketing and consulting firm, near Washington, D.C. (Submitted photo)

A legislative internship at the Missouri capitol last spring connected Northwest Missouri State University student Maxwell Lyons with another internship this summer at a digital marketing and consulting firm that helped him further explore his interests in politics.

Lyons interned last spring in the Missouri governor’s office and took that experience to his summer internship at Targeted Victory in Arlington, Virginia. He enhanced his experience as a finance major by participating in fundraising, fulfillment and relationship building with donors and clients. Lyons contributed to monthly merchandising and receivables tracking.

As an intern in the Missouri state governor’s office, Lyons completed research on legislative history, special projects and other administrative tasks.

Lyons credited a friend at the capitol with helping him secure his summer internship.

“The phrase ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ could not be any truer,” Lyons said. “It opened a door that was hiding a once-in-a-lifetime chance – a chance that was extremely interesting and exposed me to both the public and private sectors.”

Lyons plans to combine his interests in finance and politics with a career in campaign finance. He hopes to leverage connections with Targeted Victory or a financial firm after graduation.

“Northwest does an immense job at preparing its students to be career ready on day one,” Lyons said. “While I was in D.C., I was surrounded with nine other interns that came from D-I colleges and universities. Interacting with these other individuals made me realize that Northwest is putting me on par with these other people by surpassing and equipping me with the mentality and attitude required to work in a professional setting that encourages the forging of relationships.”


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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