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Dec. 13, 2012
Two 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 2013 legislative session.
Northwest’s legislative interns are Hannah Young, a senior political science major from Harrisonville, and Eric Winkler, a senior international business major from Grain Valley.
Young, who is assigned to Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, said she has aspired to work in government since high school and looks forward to observing lawmakers firsthand. Winkler, a first generation Taiwanese American and U.S. Marine, is assigned to Minority Floor Leader Rep. Jacob Hummel.
Each intern 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.
Both Young and Winkler said they consider the internship a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“It is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get hands-on experience to learn about what makes the democratic system run,” said Winkler, who hopes to become an international adviser or a professor in international relations. “I understand that there will be many challenges ahead with this internship, but Northwest has prepared me to tackle these challenges and after serving with the United States Marine Corps, I believe that I can overcome any obstacle that is presented to me.”
Dr. Michelle Wade, assistant professor of 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 is a valuable opportunity for students to see the political process firsthand,” Wade said. “It is an eye-opening experience and a great opportunity for students to network and make important connections.”
Interns are selected based on grade-point average and interests. Candidates must write an essay addressing why they should be placed in the program and complete an interview with a panel that includes Wade and Weathermon as well as Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Matt Baker. 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.
For more information about the internship program click here.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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