U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine announces that Jacobus van der Ven, a Lincolnville native, has been awarded an internship this fall in her Washington, D.C. office.

“Jacobus’ demonstrated interest in politics and government, academic background, and strong work ethic will be a great asset to my office,” said Collins in a news release. “During Jacobus’ internship he will have the opportunity to assist in both my main Senate and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee offices. I welcome Jacobus to my staff.”

van der Ven recently received his bachelor of arts magna cum laude in mathematics from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. where he was president of the Student Body and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Upon graduation, van der Ven knew from prior experience that he wanted to apply for an internship with Sen.Collins’ office in Washington, D.C.

“I interned for Sen. Collins in her Augusta office last summer, and truly enjoyed my experience,” he said. “I hope to continue the quality of that experience in the fast-paced atmosphere of her Washington office. Furthermore, I aspire to a career in federal service and believe that interning on Sen. Collins’ staff will provide a valuable perspective into federal government.” van der Ven also hopes to eventually continue his education by attending law school.

The son of Simon van der Ven of Lincolnville and Claire de Boer of Hummelstown, Pa., he graduated in 2007 with honors from Camden Hills Regional High School where he was captain of the soccer team and a member of the National Honor Society.