Amelia Harrington ’17 is one of 15 students from across the country who were selected for a spring internship with Phi Beta Kappa, one of the nation’s oldest and most recognized academic honor societies.
As an intern for Phi Beta Kappa Society’s national office in Washington, D.C., Harrington will spend the next four months writing articles for the society’s news and alumni relations publication, The Key Reporter. Phi Beta Kappa’s writing internships are for juniors and seniors majoring in the liberal arts or sciences who attend institutions where society chapters are located. The program has two deadlines annually, for internships in the fall or spring of each academic year, and no more than 15 students are selected from a national pool in each round.
Harrington is an English literature major, a studio art and religious studies minor, and an Earl Grey tea lover. Her hometown is near Athens, Ga., but she has spent most of her life in Lynchburg, where she found Randolph College. At Randolph, she is a poetry editor for the College’s student publication Hail, Muse! Etc., and a regular participant in the open mic night “No Shame Lynchburg.” When she isn’t writing papers about 17th Century literature, she can be found in coffee shops writing poems or reading novels.
“This internship is a great chance to test my writing skills,” Harrington said. “As an English major and total literature nerd, the opportunity to write for an organization like Phi Beta Kappa, which values liberal arts and supports budding scholars, is a dream. It gives me a sense of ambition. I want to have a career that allows me to constantly learn, and writing for Phi Beta Kappa feels like a step in that general direction.”
The Delta Chapter of Virginia was installed at then Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1917; its charter, obtained in 1916, was the first to be granted by Phi Beta Kappa to an independent college for women in the South. Each year, members of the Randolph College senior class are elected to membership in the society in recognition of their high achievements in scholarship and maintenance of a balanced program of study in the liberal arts.
Founded on December 5, 1776, the Phi Beta Kappa Society has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.