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Van Hollen Announces Launch of John Amara Walters Memorial Internship

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December 08, 2021

The internship, in memory of a former Van Hollen team member, will be available to Maryland students attending Howard University

US Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today announced the launch of the John Amara Walters Memorial Internship – a paid in-office internship position available to Maryland students attending Howard University. The internship honors the life and legacy of John Amara Walters, a member of the senator’s staff who died on October 2, 2021 at the age of 29 from complications related to sickle cell disease.

“John Amara has been a well-liked and dedicated member of the Van Hollen family. He has been part of our team since my days in the House, beginning as an intern and working in a number of roles, but more recently as a legislative assistant in my Senate office. John has been a proud graduate of Howard University, and an employee A dedicated year, a loyal friend, with a laugh that filled the room.I will always remember John for the blink of his eye, his enthusiasm for everything he did, and his brilliance.To honor John’s memory, I am proud to launch this internship to ensure that students of Maryland at his alma mater have the opportunity to intern in our office as he did. As we continue We mourn the loss of John, I hope this internship opportunity will continue his legacy of a purposeful life dedicated to pursuing positive change for our community and country,” Senator Van Hollen said.

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“My family and I are truly grateful to Senator Van Hollen for honoring John Amara and his determination to make a difference as a civil servant” said Kimberly H. Davis Walters, mother of John Amara. “While we are saddened by his untimely passing, we are encouraged that other pioneering students at Howard University will have the opportunity to learn from and continue his legacy. A Luta Continua!”

“John Amara Walters was and still is a truly inspiring individual who deserves to be recognized and remembered,” Howard Wayne University President AI Frederick said. “Like John, I am a sickle cell warrior, and I understand the devastating effects of the disease and the social stigma associated with it. John has always defied expectations. He has never used his condition as an excuse to lower his ambitions. On the contrary, he has been a true bearer of Howard University’s mission, striving for excellence in His pursuit of truth and service. I deeply appreciate Senator Van Hollen’s efforts to memorialize John by creating an internship for Howard students in his name. While John was taken away from us very early on, his legacy and influence is beginning to emerge.”

“This is a kind tribute to my dear nephew John Amara. As a graduate of Howard University, I am thrilled with Senator Van Hollen’s commitment to providing opportunities for the next generation of Howard leaders,” Jacqueline Salles Davis, John Emara’s aunt said:. “We are forever grateful!”

John graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 2015 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. While studying at Howard, John worked as an apprentice to then-Congressman Van Hollen. He joined the House staff after graduating and moved to the Senate after the senator was sworn in on January 3, 2017.

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As a member of the Senator’s staff, John managed the correspondence program and was a subject matter expert for Senator on issues of judicial nominations, criminal justice reform, gun safety, communications, inclusion, digital equity, election security, consumer protection and safety, employment, postal matters, and federal personnel. He has been a loyal member of our office family and has always been eager to serve and willing to give.

John died on October 2, 2021 in his mother’s arms at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He lived every moment to the fullest–and though his life on this earth was short in years, it was long in sympathy, in joy, and in the love he shared with us all. Through this internship, we honor John’s life and commitment to public service.

To be eligible for the John Amara Walters Memorial Internship, a student must be a resident of Maryland, attend Howard University, and be a major in psychology, political science, or high school. Students must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours/week at Senator’s Capitol Hill or state offices.

John Amara Walters Memorial Training Session, Spring 2022: Jan 24 2022-May 13 2022

John Amara Walters Memorial Training App for Spring 2022 Deadline: January 5, 2022 at 11:59 PM

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