Dec. 2, 2011
Three Northwest students selected as legislative interns for spring
Three Northwest Missouri State University students will work alongside state representatives this spring and learn about Missouri government as part of the University's legislative internship program.
The internship program, which begins in early January and ends in mid-May, annually sends students to Jefferson City, where they gain valuable experience in the legislative process and an understanding of how Missouri is governed. This year's interns will work at the Missouri Capitol throughout the 2012 legislative session.
Dr. Michelle Wade, assistant professor in Northwest's Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science, serves as faculty supervisor of the program in coordination with Rosalie Weathermon, career development coordinator for internships in Northwest’s Office of Career Services.
“The Missouri Legislative Internship allows students to develop job skills and make invaluable connections in becoming well-informed, public-spirited and socially engaged leaders,” Weathermon said. “This challenging opportunity allows students to strengthen communications skills, prioritize work and practice planning, organizing and analyzing information.”
Each student is placed in the office of a state senator or state representative. The students track legislation, conduct research, attend committee hearings, assist with constituent issues and lead tours of the Capitol.
Interns are selected based on grade point average and interests. Candidates must write an essay addressing why they should be placed in the program. Selected students receive a $3,000 stipend.
Past interns have remained active in the halls of the capitol or gone on to successful careers in politics at all levels of government including public relations and law.
“The Missouri legislative internship is an amazing opportunity for students to learn how the political process really works and to network,” Wade said. “Many of the connections the students make and the relationships they form will be useful to them throughout their professional careers.”
This spring's legislative interns are:
- Donald “Doug” Porter, a senior business economics major from Grain Valley, who will serve with Rep. Sheila Solon’s office.
- Paul Wilson, a senior political science major from Clarinda, Iowa, who will serve with Sen. Brad Lager’s office.
- Erin Klassen, a junior political science major from Kansas City, Mo., who will serve with Rep. Mike Thomson’s office.
For more information about the internship program click here.
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