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Northwest Missouri State University

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legislative interns

The 2011 class of legislative interns from Northwest Missouri State University are, left to right, Andrew Abbott, Brandon Alexander, Bree Berner and Stephanie Boeth.

Dec. 16, 2010

Four Northwest students selected as legislative interns for spring 2011

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Four Northwest Missouri State University students will work alongside state representatives and learn about Missouri government as part of the University's legislative internship program.

The program 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 2011 legislative session.

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, interests and political views. Candidates must write an essay addressing why they should be placed in the program.

This spring's legislative interns are:  

Dr. David McLaughlin, associate professor in Northwest's Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science, is the faculty supervisor of the program.

Past interns have remained active in the halls of the capitol, McLaughlin said, while others have gone on to successful careers in politics at all levels of government including public relations and law. McLaughlin said the 2011 class of interns will continue that legacy of excellence.

"The Northwest Missouri State legislative internship offers our students the opportunity to become a part of a vibrant governing community in Jefferson City charged with addressing the challenges of meeting the needs of our state's citizens," McLaughlin said. "The commitment and work ethic of our past interns have created a great demand for them. The networks forged during these internships have launched many professional careers."

For more information on the internship program click here.

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