Interview with Founder of Teens in Politics


Interviewer: Tell me a little bit about yourself.

JK: My name is James Kuntz, I’m 17 years old, and I live in New York City. I’ve lived in the City all of my life, and I’ve gone to the same school, Dalton—The Dalton School—since Kindergarten. Oh, yeah, I’m really interested in politics, too!


Interviewer: Any other hobbies, interests?

JK: At school I’m a member of the Model Congress team, the newspaper, the political magazine, and the politics club. I also play baseball, and follow NFL football. Go Jets! In terms of hobbies, I like watching and playing sports, reading non-fiction, and travelling internationally.


Interviewer: What places do you want to visit?

JK: I’d love to go to Asia and visit Japan, China, and Russia. I’d also like to visit Germany, which is where my Dad’s family is from.


Interviewer: Going back to politics, when exactly did you first become interested in politics?

JK: I first became interested in politics during the 2016 election cycle. I vividly remember watching the first Republican debate and was really drawn in. I think the reason I liked it so much was because of the theatrics. At that time, policy was an ancillary interest, but as I watched more and more, I discovered my interest in public policy. Over the next year and a few months, I religiously followed the news and the elections and never missed a debate.


Interviewer: Were there any candidates you liked in 2016?

JK: Yes, but I don’t want to say. Teens in Politics is supposed to be a non-partisan organization, and I don’t want to taint that by revealing my own views.


Interviewer: Fair enough. So how has the original mission of Teens in Politics evolved?

JK: Well, the original intent was to make political internships more easily accessible to teenagers. I definitely feel like we accomplished that with the website. Regarding how the mission has evolved, I would say that the mission has expanded from just focusing on Manhattan internships to focusing on internships across the city.


Interviewer: I understand that the Organization is expanding right now. What can you tell me about that?

JK: Like I said, the mission has expanded from just Manhattan internships to NYC internships. This year, we’re looking to expand to cover all of New York State, so that’s the big goal right now.


Interviewer: Wow, all of New York State; that’s an ambitious goal. How long do you think that will take?

JK: We anticipate that we’ll be done shortly and those internships will be available relatively soon—probably around April, give or take.


Interviewer: What do you see in Teens in Politics’ future?

JK: Hopefully a whole lot of the same things that we’ve experienced recently. If you had told me a year ago that thousands of people would be using the website, I wouldn’t have believed you. All I can hope for is continued success and growth.