Hannah McCoy enlisting in the U.S. Navy

Who I am

My name is Hannah McCoy and I’m a senior at Drake University, graduating early this December. I’m double majoring in Law, Politics & Society and Digital Media Production, with a concentration in Women & Gender Studies. I am currently taking my senior capstone for both majors. After graduation, I plan on joining the U.S. Navy and leave for bootcamp at the end of January.

My life at Drake University

During my time at Drake University, I have been involved in a wide array of activities and leadership positions. My first semester here was in the Spring of 2018. That semester I was elected as Vice President of the student organization called Drake Democrats. From there, I joined more clubs and took on more roles as time went on. My sophomore year, I served as Vice President of Drake Dems as well as Vice President of Delta Theta Phi, which is the pre-law fraternity on campus. Half way through this year, the President of Drake Democrats stepped down right after the 2018 Midterm Elections. I ran for this role and was elected in December of 2018. I held this position through the 2019 Caucus season, where I did the following and more:

  • Organized and planned political events on Drake’s campus.
  • Coordinated with numerous presidential, congressional and local campaigns to provide internship and job opportunities to Drake students.
  • Organized and ran multiple voter registration drives.
  • Provided education and outreach regarding democratic policy issues (immigration reform, reproductive rights, etc.) to Drake Democrats membership and the general student body.
  • Worked with many presidential campaigns during the 2019 Caucus season to host countless events on campus.
  • Participated in multiple new interviews in regard to my position and the perspective I have from Drake.

Upon the conclusion of the 2019 Iowa Caucus, I resigned at President of Drake Democrats to enjoy the last two semesters I had at Drake and focus on preparing for life after graduation.

During my time at Drake, I have also served on the Drake Broadcasting System – Relays Executive Board, a Photographer for the Times Delphic and a member of Chi Alpha. I still remain an active member of Drake Democrats.

Work Experience

In between my busy life on campus, I also have extensive experience in professional environments off-campus. Starting in the Summer 2018, I worked as the 4-H Intern through the Warren County Extension Office, which is through Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. The following fall, I worked as a Campaign Intern at Cindy Axne for Congress, where I helped organize volunteer recruitment, provided assistance at events, planned volunteer activities, knocked doors and spoke with countless voters. We ended up winning this election by a very close field margin, primarily from the work we did in Polk county.

Summer 2019 I served as the State 4-H Communications Intern, overseeing the entire state of Iowa. My job entailed:

  • Organizing and scheduling communications events with 99 Iowa counties for 4-H Youth at the Iowa State Fair.
  • Ran and supervised around 2,000 communication presentations by over 4,000 Iowa 4-H youth during the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
  • Organized and inputted large amounts of documentation and paperwork for all communication events at the State Fair.
  • Oversaw and directed all volunteers and my communications staff throughout the Iowa State Fair.

Then from September 2019 through the end of December, I served as a Congressional Intern in Congresswoman Cindy Axne‘s official district office in Des Moines, IA. In this role I prepared meeting and agenda briefs for the Congresswoman’s events/meetings, assisted with military academy selections, answered constituency phone calls and letters regarding their opinions as well as intaking constituency cases and passing along to the corresponding District Representative.

This past summer, I again worked for State 4-H as the Iowa State 4-H Program Assistant. Here I primarily ran point on organizing static and communication exhibits at the 2020 Virtual State Fair, similar to the previous summer only completely virtual due to the pandemic.

Throughout all of these internships, I have also worked part-time at the Science Center of Iowa as a Lead Associate primarily in the Food Chain Café. This position ran until COVID hit in March and nearly the entire staff was laid off.