Presidential interns for 2021-22 announced


The Office of the President has selected 10 students to participate in the Presidential Internship in Higher Education program for 2021-2022 academic year.

The students, hometowns and their majors are:

  • Sabah Sial (co-leader), Sandy, Utah, Honors finance
  • Preston Hadley (co-leader), Ogden, Utah, quantitative analysis of markets and organizations
  • Brianna Skaggs, Colorado Springs, Colo., double majors in modern dance and Family, Community and Human Development, with a certificate in social justice advocacy
  • Nichols Taylor, Orem, Utah, double majors in computer engineering and applied math
  • Jaina Lee, Salt Lake City, Utah, double majors in anthropology and health, society and policy
  • Joe Nelson, Reno, Nev., finance with a minor in political science
  • Sanila Math, South Jordan, Utah, anthropology with minors in integrative human biology and ethnic studies
  • Jens Nilson, Providence, Utah, Honors in health, society and policy with minors in Korean studies and chemistry
  • Nahum Tadesse, Syracuse, Utah, double majors in political science and international studies
  • Luis Ramirez, West Valley City, Utah, Honors in Accounting and Information Systems with a Lassonde + X certificate

The program provides undergraduate students from diverse fields and backgrounds with the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the president and other senior administrators, giving them an insider’s look into the nuances and complexities of higher education. Presidential interns participate in regular seminars, work on strategic projects and act as student representatives at various university functions and events. Senior leaders at the U benefit from student insight, perspective and collaboration in helping shape the university’s exceptional educational experience.

Since its inception in 1992, more than 150 students have participated in the program. For many, the experience was a catalyst to a career in higher education. Others have gone on to leadership and career opportunities in public administration, nonprofit organizations, business, civic and public service.