Six students from Kentucky private colleges are spending the spring semester in the state capital working and studying as part of AIKCU’s Frankfort Semester Internship Program.
The 2017 AIKCU interns are working approximately 30 hours per week in positions related to state government and taking two upper level seminars. They include:
- Caroline Abbott, a Centre College junior from Nashville majoring in Politics and International Relations. Caroline is interning this spring with the Kentucky Retail Federation.
- Donald Anderson, a University of Pikeville senior majoring in Sports Management and Accounting from Kingsland, Georgia. Donald’s internship is with the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
- Harry Hill, a UPIKE junior majoring in Business Administration from London, England. Harry is interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
- Crystal Hodges, a Lindsey Wilson College junior from Louisville majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Crystal is working in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
- Brandon Lopez, a UPIKE senior from Smyrna, Tennessee majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology, is interning with the Kentucky Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
- Hayden McLeod, a UPIKE senior Business Administration major from Hartlepool, England is also interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
The AIKCU internship program was established in 2000 to provide valuable on-the-job experience to students interested in public affairs and expose them to public service as a career option. A number of former AIKCU interns have gone on to careers in public service, including former interns currently working in U.S. Congressional offices, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, and in various branches of Kentucky state government.
Interns are supervised and guided throughout the semester by program coordinator Richard Wilson, a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Interns may qualify for up to a full semester of academic credit from their home institution upon completion of their work experience and two seminars focused on public administration and Kentucky government and politics. Interns receive a stipend to partially cover their living expenses for the semester.
More information about the AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship program is available at http://www.aikcu.org/frankfortsemesterinternships.