Ajia Richardson, a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff senior, will be an intern with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation at Washington, D.C., Jan. 16 through May 5.


She will work in the office of Congressman Bruce Westermann, who represents Arkansas’ 4th District, including Pine Bluff.


A 2014 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, Richardson is a political science major and scheduled to graduate from UAPB in May.


The semester-long CBCF Communications Internship program is sponsored by State Farm for undergraduate students who are interested in learning about press and media relations on Capitol Hill, according to a news release.


“I’m excited, and feel blessed and fortunate, that I am afforded this opportunity,” Richardson said. “A lot of students don’t get the chance to gain knowledge, a network, and hands-on experience with an elite organization that focuses on public policy and politics as CBCF. This will help me further my aspirations of one day becoming an attorney.”


Richarson is a member of UAPB’s women’s basketball team, a member of Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society, a four year recipient of the University Scholarship, vice president of the Political Science Club, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.


During the summer of 2017, Richardson participated in UAPB’s study abroad program, where she was one of 15 students to represent the United States at Beijing University of Chemical Tech Study Abroad Program. After freshman year, she spent seven days in Port Au Prince, Haiti, on a Christian Mission Trip. Richardson is also the Co-Founder of A-Plus Outreach Scholarship Fund, where she and best friend Ashley Gragg started a scholarship for Pine Bluff High School seniors.


Richardson is the daughter of Anthony and LaTonya Richardson. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.