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Students from Appalachian independent colleges sought for state government internships

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Paid internships for up to four students from Kentucky’s six Appalachian-area colleges will be available in Kentucky state government during the 2010-2011 academic year’s second semester.

The interns will work in selective executive branch agencies for up to 30 hours per week and complete two academic seminars on public policy and decision-making while in Frankfort. The internships are being supported by a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation to the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU).

Under the internship program, which AIKCU has been coordinating with state government for the past 11 years, nearly 90 students from most of Kentucky’s 20 independent colleges and universities have gained valuable work and academic experience in the state capital. Interns work in the Kentucky legislature during even-numbered years when the General Assembly meets in its regular 60-day session.

“We are most grateful to the Steele-Reese Foundation for the confidence it has shown in our internship program and its willingness to help us to place students in Frankfort at a time when state funding (for stipends) is limited,” said AIKCU President Gary S. Cox. He said the grant was sought specifically for the Appalachian schools because fewer students from their campuses have applied for the internships in previous years than students from other Kentucky independent colleges.

Juniors, seniors and graduate students from Alice Lloyd College, Berea College, Kentucky Christian University, Pikeville College, Union College and University of the Cumberlands are eligible to apply for the 2011 internships. Complete internship details are available at