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Jan. 24, 2019

Three students selected to serve as 2019 legislative interns


Three Northwest Missouri State University students were selected to intern with state lawmakers this spring and learn about Missouri government as part of the University’s legislative internship program. 

The internship began this month and ends in May. The University annually sends students to Jefferson City to gain valuable experience in the legislative process and help them understand how Missouri is governed.

Northwest’s 2019 legislative interns and their legislative offices are listed below.

  • James Palmer, a sophomore political science major from Kansas City, Missouri, will intern in the office of Reps. Wiley Price and Keri Ingle.
  • Kendra Robbins, a freshman political science major with a Spanish certificate from Pleasantville, Iowa, will intern in the office of Rep. LaDonna Appelbaum.
  • Molly Gardner, a senior video broadcast productions major from Lincoln, Nebraska, will intern in the office of Rep. Gina Mitten.

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.

Robbins hopes to gain important insight on how the government works and learn how to read bills and determine their meanings.

“My future goal is to be in an elected office, and I know this internship will help prepare me for that,” Robbins said.

Gardner said she wants to make connections that she would not have the chance to make in the classroom and be exposed to the core state politics.

“Every day I meet someone new, and I love to learn their views on politics and what their title means to them,” Gardner said. “I’m excited to learn from professionals who have been in the field for decades.”

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.

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.

“This internship offers me the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of state politics and learn the process of lawmaking firsthand,” Palmer said. “This will benefit my future just by the experience and will help me decide if I want to go into politics as a profession.”

For more information about the legislative internship program, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/career/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
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