The Frankfort Semester Internship Program is a major AIKCU initiative that seeks to enhance students’ academic, civic, and professional skills through internship experiences, public policy symposia, academic seminars and exposure to the ideas and perspectives of a variety of notable citizens. Participating students live, work and study in Frankfort during the spring semester under the guidance of AIKCU intern coordinator Richard Wilson, a longtime higher education reporter and bureau chief for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.
AIKCU interns have worked in the legislative arena directly for legislators — responding to constituent inquiries, assisting in the crafting and passage of legislation, tracking bills, and performing other duties integral to the legislative process — as well as for lobbying firms, associations, and in a variety of state agencies.
The 30 hour per week internship is enhanced by an academic component consisting of two upper division evening seminars. Interns will be eligible for up to fifteen hours of classroom credit in accordance with their home campus’s policies. Interns receive a monthly living stipend during their internship experience.
To learn more about previous AIKCU interns, check out these profiles of the 2016, 2015, 2o14, 2013 and 2012 classes. Or watch the videos below to see what previous interns have to say about the program: