June Alumni Spotlight: Chris Coombs


Chris Coombs graduated from the University of Utah in 2017 with a double major in history and political science. He currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity as a seminarian at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. During his undergraduate career at the U, he served many internships through the Hinckley Institute. Coombs began his involvement with the Hinckley Institute in 2015, enrolling in the campaign management class and interning with Senator Hatch in the spring and the Office of the Attorney General in the summer. Coombs went on to become a legislative intern for the 2016 General Legislative Session. 

"I spent a great deal of time and energy working with the good representative from Kaysville, Brad Wilson. Representative Wilson taught me the importance of always being thoughtful when it came to constituents and solution-oriented when it came to policy. It is also worth mentioning we had plenty of fun together too. The legislature was fascinating because it was the one place where different professions and sectors all intersected in order to better serve our great state of Utah."

Following his legislative internship, Coombs went on to intern in Washington, DC, with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in the summer of 2016; complete the Ambassador Price Think Tank in fall of 2016; work as a Hinckley Ambassador from 2016 – 2017; and serve on the 2016 – 2017 Hinckley Journal editorial board.  Reflecting upon his experience with the Hinckley Institute, Coombs said...

"Without a doubt, the Hinckley Institute helped define my undergraduate career, but it also provided me with the skills and experience for the next chapter of my life.  I learned the importance of civic engagement, experienced real world situations, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it all.  I would enthusiastically recommend the Hinckley Institute to every student regardless of their career plans.