Hinckley Institute

January 2024 | Kendahl Mordini

Alumni Spotlight

Kendahl Mordini truly made the most of her time at the University of Utah and participated in nearly every opportunity that the Hinckley Institute has to offer.

As an undergrad, Mordini completed 2 local internships (one with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the other with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce), a DC internship with the House Oversight Committee, and a global internship with the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to these great internships, Mordini took three Hinckley classes: the Political Forum Series class, a Think Tank course on African policies taught by Ambassador John Price, and a Think Tank course on domestic politics taught by the late Senator Bob Bennett. Mordini also served on the Hinckley Journal of Politics Editorial Board and worked as Hinckley student staff. 

When looking back at all her Hinckley experiences, working as student staff at the Hinckley stands out as she loved being a part of the Hinckley team and she notes that the experience she gained from the staff built the foundation for her career.

Mordini’s Hinckley experiences helped her gain a number of important skills and provided a great academic and professional foundation as she continued her studies and began her career.

My internships, classes and work with Hinckley taught me to be thoughtful, to take ownership, and to be adaptable (which have all been important skills well beyond graduation!). I credit my internships as my first real experiences in networking and presenting, and the Hinckley provided multiple opportunities to hone my advocacy skills (both with respect to myself and others). I am incredibly grateful for the Hinckley.

Mordini graduated from the U in 2015 with a BA in Political Science, a BA in Economics and a BA in International Studies. Her DC internship led to her first job after graduating college which propelled her toward law school. Mordini graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 2019 and currently works as a corporate associate in the Boston office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

The Hinckley Institute is thrilled that Kendahl Mordini had so many great Hinckley experiences and is excited to see where her career takes her next.