Private college students can apply for internships in state government this spring

Students attending Kentucky’s 20 independent colleges and universities will again be able to compete for paid internships during the spring semester in Frankfort.

Applications are currently being sought for the 2013 Frankfort Semester Internship Program (FSIP) sponsored by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). The application deadline is Oct. 26 and interns will be selected by mid-to-late-November. The internship begins in January 2013.

Juniors, seniors or graduate students are eligible for the program which requires that interns work for 30 hours per week in executive branch agencies and complete two academic seminars focused on state government and public policy. Students interested in the internship can learn more about it and obtain an application at http://aikcu.org/frankfortsemesterinternships.

Applications will be accepted online or by mail from students in good academic standing, regardless of their academic major. Students in the program receive a semi-monthly stipend of $416. The number of internships awarded is dependent on the level of interest by state agencies and their ability to pay the student stipends. Intern classes normally range from five to 10 students and completion of the internship qualifies students for academic credit from their home institutions.

“We have had numerous outstanding students in this program, and they have all made very favorable impressions of themselves and of their schools,” said Dr.Gary S. Cox, AIKCU’s president.

The intern program, initiated in 2000, is tailored to give students an up-close look at state government. A related purpose is for the experience to permit them to consider public service as a career option. During the second semester of even-numbered years students serve their internship with members of the Kentucky General Assembly. Since 2000, 109 students have completed the Frankfort internship.