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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Spotlight

Dec. 9, 2014

Four Northwest students selected as legislative interns

Joseph Hegeman Matthew Jones
Joseph Hegeman Matthew Jones
Ashton Raffety Justin Wilson
Ashton Raffety Justin Wilson

Four 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 January and ends in May, annually sends Northwest students to Jefferson City, Mo., to gain valuable experience in the legislative process and an understanding of how Missouri is governed.

Northwest’s 2015 legislative interns are Joseph Hegeman, a junior animal science major from Savannah, Mo.; Matthew Jones, a junior political science major from Stanberry, Mo.; Ashton Raffety, a senior economics major from Drexel, Mo.; and Justin Wilson, a junior economics major from Stover, Mo.

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.

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 Dr. Daniel Smith, assistant professor of political science and co-director of the Missouri Legislative Internship Program; Rosalie Weathermon, career development coordinator; and 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 click here. Interested students also may contact Career Services at or 660.562.1250, or Smith at


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