PAC Profile: Annalise Morning
During the 2022 midterm election cycle, Public Affairs Communications students and alumni worked on campaigns and within the administrations of Georgia public officials on both sides of the political aisle. The PAC program equipped this group of students and alumni with practical knowledge and communications skills that prepared them for these fast-paced and important roles. This post is part of a series of pieces profiling a few of these hard-working members of the PAC program.
- Fourth-year student majoring in public relations
- Administrative and Operations Intern for Brian Kemp’s reelection campaign for Governor (fall 2022)
- Communications Intern in the Office of Governor Brian Kemp (present)
Morning said the PAC program initially caught her eye when she discovered her love for politics after taking an intro-government course her freshman year. “I found PAC kind of by accident and gave it a try because I didn’t have a lot of political connections or ways to learn without it,” said Morning. Four years later, Morning said, “PAC is quite literally the reason I plan to make a career out of politics and political communications.”
Morning had already served as a Press Intern for Rep. Austin Scott (GA-8) while on the Grady DC program Field Study and Internship program in the summer of 2022, as a Field Director for Timothy Barr’s campaign for US Congress in the first half of 2022, and had completed her PAC certificate courses before she began working on the Kemp campaign.
Morning said she relied on the knowledge she gained from her previous experiences in politics and the PAC skills she learned in the classroom when she was an intern for Kemp’s campaign. “This knowledge allowed me to really understand why I was doing some of the work I was asked to do because I understood the implications,” said Morning.
While she was an Administrative and Operations Intern, Morning said she did “a little bit of everything.” She served as the front desk representative for the executive offices of the campaign which allowed her to assist with administrative tasks and scheduling. She also managed the campaign’s entire postcard effort, wrote correspondence letters on behalf of the Governor, assisted the field staff with volunteer management and event outreach, and attended “really cool” events with her fellow staffers.
Morning’s favorite part of working for the Kemp campaign was being able to meet and make connections with some of the most experienced people in Georgia politics. “I tried to learn as much as I could from as many people in my office as possible, which gave me a deep appreciation for hard work and how it might pay off,” said Morning.
Morning is now working as a Communications Intern in the Office of Governor Brian Kemp. However, Morning said, “I will also potentially venture to DC in the next couple years once I get my feet under me.”
Morning’s advice for PAC students is, “When it comes to internships, try anything and everything. Even if the job description isn’t exactly what you think you want, give it a try because you might find that you’re really good at something and you can always learn from whoever is in the room.”
Writer: Jenna Monnin, Tieger Fellow, Jenna.Monnin@uga.edu