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Kentucky’s political process framework for AIKCU internships

March 10, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Four UPIKE students are getting a close look at the workings of state government this spring through internships in the Association of Independent Kentucky College and Universities (AIKCU) Frankfort Semester Internship Program.

The interns were selected through a competitive process and work approximately 30 hours per week in legislative offices, state agencies or carefully selected organizations tied to the Kentucky political process.

Donald Anderson, a senior majoring in sports management and accounting from Kingsland, Ga., is interning with the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety; Brandon Lopez, a senior majoring in criminal justice and psychology from Smyrna, Tenn., is interning with the Kentucky Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety; and Harry Hill, a junior majoring in business administration from London, England, and Hayden McLeod, a senior business administration major from Hartlepool, England, are interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. All four students are members of the UPIKE men’s soccer team.

Caroline Abbott from Center College and Crystal Hodges from Lindsey Wilson College are also part of this year’s intern class.

The AIKCU internship program was established in 2000 and is designed to give valuable on-the-job experience to students interested in public affairs and expose them to public service as a career option.

A number of former AIKCU interns have gone on to careers in public service, including former interns currently working in U.S. Congressional offices, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and in various branches of Kentucky state government.

Interns are supervised and guided throughout the semester by program coordinator Richard Wilson, a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. In addition to their work experience, they complete two upper-division academic seminars focused on public administration and Kentucky government and politics. Interns may qualify for up to a full semester of academic credit from their home institution upon completion of the program. Interns also receive a stipend to partially cover their living expenses for the semester.

More information about the AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship program is available at

Pictured, from left, University of Pikeville students participating in the AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship program include: Hayden McLeod, Harry Hill, Donald Anderson and Brandon Lopez.

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