Intern of the week

Ashley Bearden is trading in her tap shoes for lessons in politics as an intern in Rep. Robert Aderholt’s (R-Ala.) office.

But only temporarily.

Recently accepted to Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., after completing two years at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville, Ala., Bearden is gearing up for a trip to her new school to audition for the dance team.
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Ashley Bearden

“I started ballet, jazz and tap when I was 6 years old, theater when I was 10, and performed in 13 different plays,” Bearden said.

Bearden, 20, has appeared in productions such as “Annie” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and as Tiger Lily in “Peter Pan,” one of Bearden’s favorite performances.

“[Peter Pan] was the first show where I got to help with choreography,” Bearden said.

The Crossville, Ala., native majored in theater at Northeast, but when she begins her junior year at Belmont this fall, she will dance to a new tune: public relations.

Bearden’s other interests — government and journalism — led her to Capitol Hill. Now talking with constituents and doing district office casework, she hopes her experiences will help determine what comes next.

Bearden said she loves the Capitol tours, meeting with constituents and hanging out with fellow interns. “We’re testing all the restaurants and going to all the different ones,” Bearden said. “By the end of our trip we’ll be able to write a book,” she said with a chuckle.

Eventually Bearden wants to write for a fashion magazine either in Los Angeles or New York City. Her dream job is writing for Seventeen magazine.

“I’m interested in fashion, but they have articles about issues and things teens deal with.”