Hinckley Institute

September 2021 | Matt Dimick

Alumni Spotlight

Matt Dimick graduated from the University of Utah in 1997 with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science. His involvement with the Hinckley Institute shaped his educational and professional trajectory. Looking back at his college experience, Dimick now says, “My Hinckley Internship was definitely the highlight of my educational experience at the University of Utah.”

As a senior, Dimick completed a Hinckley Internship in Washington, DC with the Curator's office of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. During his internship, Dimick not only did the typical work of an intern such as scheduling tours and returning calls, but because of his initiative, he also was assigned to special projects such as organizing a storage room adjacent to the underground tunnel for the White House. Though it may have initially seemed like a simple task, the room was filled with valuable historical items that had not yet been properly archived. Dimick ended up spending much of his internship organizing this space full of reconditioned furniture, war bonds posters, U.S. currency, fine China, and even one of FDR's wheelchairs. Because of how hard he worked as an intern and the success he had in organizing the room, Dimick was even offered a job with the Treasury Department at the end of his internship.

Dimick had numerous memorable experiences in D.C. outside of the day-to-day workload. He went to the U.S. Capitol, listened to lawmakers present and debate legislation, unwittingly attended a Roe v. Wade protest, visited nearly every Smithsonian Museum, and had great seats to President Clinton's second Inauguration. Along with his roommates, he also went on weekend trips to historical sites like Gettysburg, Monticello, Virginia Beach, and Boston. Reflecting on these experiences, Dimick says, “I'm not sure I can point to one moment as my favorite since the entire experience was epic.”

After working in several different positions post-graduation, Dimick returned to the University of Utah in 2002 for a Social Science Composite to teach secondary education. Now a teacher at East High School in Salt Lake City, Dimick educates young Utahns in U.S. History, AP Government, and AP Human Geography among other subjects. In 2021, Dimick returned to the Hinckley Institute to build on his University of Utah educational experience through attending the Huntsman Seminar in Constitutional Government. He says that he often draws on stories and memories from his experience with the Hinckley Institute, saying “My internship experience makes me want to inspire my students to get out of their comfort zone and explore their state, country, and world.”