2012 AIKCU interns get to work in Frankfort

The 2012 AIKCU Intern class: From left, back row: Stephen Loader, University of Pikeville (Pikeville); Keana Mae Crockett, St. Catharine College (Bardstown); China Riddle, Alice Lloyd College (Virgie); Eugenia Vickers, University of the Cumberlands (McKee); Nicole Bistline, Union College (Frankfort); Jamie Holt, Alice Lloyd College (Westfield, NC); Front row: Kelsey Best, Campbellsville University (Harrodsburg); Kyla Fitz-Gerald, University of the Cumberlands (Lexington); Ashleigh Lewis, University of Pikeville (Warner Robbins, GA); Elisha Taylor, University of Pikeville (Elkhorn City)

Ten students attending six of Kentucky’s independent colleges have been awarded internships to spend their spring semester working in Frankfort with members of the General Assembly, in state government agencies or with private legislative consulting firms.

The students, who will be in the state capital full-time from mid-January through mid-April, will have an opportunity to closely view Kentucky state government from the inside at a crucial time in the state’s history. Finding sufficient money to finance public services, reapportionment of Kentucky’s congressional and legislative districts are only two of the numerous difficult issues the legislature and Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration will be confronting.

The 10 new interns raise the number of students who have participated in the Frankfort Semester Internship Program since its 2000 inception to 110 students. Interns are selected based on their interest in government, academic standing, letters of recommendation and personal interviews. They work 30 hours per week in their internship assignments and also complete two state government related weekly seminars. Completion of the program qualifies them for 15 semester hours of academic credit from their home institutions. The program is tailored to give outstanding college upperclassmen an up-close look at state government and an opportunity to consider public service as a career option, said Gary Cox, president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, the program’s sponsor.

“Our 2012 class is another group of outstanding young people whom I’m sure will perform well and be outstanding representatives of their colleges and universities,” Cox added. He commended Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration, participating legislators and others for their cooperation. “Without this level of assistance we have received this very successful program would not have been possible,” Cox added.

Students chosen for the 2012 intern class, the schools they attend and the agencies or lawmakers with whom they will be doing their internships are:

  • Kelsey Best, a Campbellsville University junior from Harrodsburg: Sen. Kathy Stein
  • Nicole Bistline, a business administration and accounting major at Union CollegeCapital Link Consultants
  • Keana Mae Crockett, of Bardstown, a St. Catharine College senior majoring in management: Rep. Linda Belcher
  • Kyla Fitz-Gerald, a senior history major at University of the Cumberlands from Lexington: Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
  • Jamie Holt, an Alice Lloyd College senior history major from Westfield, NC. Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
  • Ashleigh Lewis, a junior communications major at the University of Pikeville. Her home is Warner Robins, Ga.: Kentucky Retail Federation
  • Stephen Loader, also a University of Pikeville communications major from Pikeville: Sen. Joey Pendleton and Senate Democratic Caucus
  • China Riddle, a junior at Alice Lloyd College majoring in English from Virgie: Sen. Ray Jones
  • Elisha Taylor, a third University of Pikeville junior communications major from Elkhorn City: Rep. Leslie Combs
  • Eugenia Vickers, a University of the Cumberlands junior majoring in political science, history and business administration from McKee. House of Representatives Republican Caucus


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