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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Dec. 19, 2017

Four students selected to serve as legislative interns

By Keri Daughenbaugh, media relations assistant

Hannah Ankenbauer

Hannah Ankenbauer

Nick Hurt

Nick Hurt

Mariah Jones

Mariah Jones

Tristan Smith

Tristan Smith

Four Northwest Missouri State University students will work alongside state lawmakers 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 May, annually sends Northwest students to Jefferson City to gain valuable experience in the legislative process and an understanding of how Missouri is governed.

Northwest’s 2018 legislative interns and the legislative offices they will serve are listed below.

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 building.

“This internship will give me hands-on experience and networking opportunities,” Ankenbauer said. “Being from out-of-state, this internship will also help me become more aware of the issues that matter to Missouri residents.”

The internship is open to all majors, and applicants must meet a minimum grade-point average. Candidates are selected based on an essay addressing why they should be placed in the program and an interview with a panel of Northwest faculty and staff.

Jones said she developed a passion for business and politics through her experiences on campus. She hopes her experience as a legislative intern will give her knowledge and help shape her future career path.

“As a business management and marketing student, I may not seem like the typical applicant for this political science opportunity,” Jones said. “However, in the last two years, simultaneously working as Dr. Brian Hesse’s supplemental instruction leader and taking business content courses has shown me just how much overlap there is between the two disciplines.”

Selected students can receive up to 12 credit hours of academic credit and be eligible for a $3,000 stipend to assist with living expenses in Jefferson City.

Hurt hopes to create long-lasting relationships through the experience.

“I want to learn about how our government works and hopefully make some kind of positive contribution to it,” he said.

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 experience will set me ahead in my career as a lawyer by allowing me to build experience in a professional work environment, network with other aspiring professionals, and gain a unique experience that will set me apart,” Smith said.

For more information about the legislative internship program, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/careerserv/legislative/. Interested students also may contact Career Services at career@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1250, or Daniel Smith, assistant professor of political science, at desmith@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468