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:
- Siamac (Mac) Mohi, a senior marketing and business management major from Columbia assigned to the staff of Rep. Trent Skaggs, who represent District 31 (part of Clay County) in the state House of Representatives.
- Jay Fohey, a junior public relations major from Hannibal assigned to the staff of Rep. Rachel Bringer, who represents District 6 (parts of Marion and Ralls counties) in the state House of Representatives.
- Stacey Herzog, a junior speech communication major from Hannibal assigned to the staff of Rep. Timothy W. Jones, who represents District 89 (part of St. Louis County) in the state House of Representatives.
- Drew Engle, a senior social science major from Lee's Summit assigned to the staff of Rep. Mike Thomson, who represents District 4 (Atchison, Holt and Nodaway counties and part of Worth County) in the state House of Representatives.
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, Media Relations Specialist
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