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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

capitol interns

This year's Northwest legislative interns are shown with Rosalie Weathermon, the University's career development coordinator for internships. Pictured from left: Siamac (Mac) Mohi, Jay Fohey, Stacey Herzog, Weathermon and Drew Engle.

March 25, 2009

Northwest legislative interns learning state government first-hand

Four Northwest students are spending the spring 2009 trimester serving legislative internships at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

This year's interns are:

Interns work as members of the staff of an elected state official and often perform a wide variety of tasks, including researching and tracking legislation, writing press releases and tracking media coverage, providing constituent service, attending hearings and committee meetings, attending special events and receptions, doing general office work and guiding tours through the Capitol building.

The internships, which are open to all majors, begin in early January and end in mid-May. Northwest students participating in the program may retain their full-time student status by applying for 11 credit hours of political science and one credit hour of Missouri politics. Tuition costs are deducted from a $3,000 stipend.

Once interns return to the Northwest campus, they generally act as student legislative aides on behalf of the University and undertake such functions as helping organize Lobby Day, an event that brings Northwest students to the state Capitol to discuss issues with lawmakers and other officials.

Former interns also help recruit and interview applicants for the following year's legislative intern class.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468