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Laura PerryFRANKFORT, Ky. — The 2010 session of Kentucky’s General Assembly is providing a political science classroom this semester for Laura Perry, an Asbury College senior from Lexington. The Trinity Christian Academy graduate is one of nine students from six of Kentucky’s independent colleges chosen for this year’s Frankfort-based legislative internship program.  Laura will be doing her internship with Sen. Tom Buford, a Nicholasville Republican.

“This program is an opportunity for students to see how their classroom instruction works in the real world of legislative committee rooms and General Assembly chambers,” said Dr. Gary S. Cox, president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, the agency sponsoring Frankfort-based internships for the 11th consecutive year.

Cox also expressed appreciation for the time legislators commit to helping their interns understand the legislative process and what makes it function.

Laura, daughter of Sarah and Glenn Perry, is a communications major at Asbury.  She has been a contributing writer and photographer for the school’s student newspaper and participated in the Washington Federal Seminar in the nation’s capital earlier this year.

The AIKCU 2010 Frankfort Semester interns will be the 11th student group to serve in the state capital and the sixth legislative intern class.  In odd-numbered years AIKCU oversees an administrative internship through which students work for state executive branch agencies.  In each program the interns work 30 hours weekly and complete two academic seminars focusing on different aspects of state government policy-making.  The program is open to applicants who are juniors or seniors in good academic standing on their campuses.