Asbury Student Interns with Kentucky General Assembly
WILMORE, KY—Leah Riley, an Asbury College junior from Harrodsburg, is one of five Kentucky independent college students selected for a legislative internship this semester in Frankfort.
Riley, daughter of Bobby and Robin Riley of Harrodsburg, is a history major at Asbury. She will be doing her internship with state Rep. Jim Wayne, a Louisville Democrat. Riley, a graduate of Mercer County High School, was chosen for the semester-long internship on the basis of her outstanding academic record, interest in public affairs and participation in campus extra-curricular activities. She said that she applied for the internship to learn more about law-making and how public policy is made.
The Frankfort internship program, begun in 2000, is sponsored by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. Since its inception, 70 students attending most of Kentucky’s independent colleges, have spent a semester in Frankfort working for either selected members of the General Assembly or in state agencies. The program’s major purpose is to expose outstanding college students to public service as a career option and to help them hone already-existing leadership skills. Students chosen for the competitive program are required to complete 30 hours of work per week and two academic seminars focused on state government policy-making. They receive living expense stipends while in the state capital and a semester of academic credit from their campuses.
“We’re very pleased to have another outstanding group of students come to Frankfort, and I’m certain that they will benefit as much from their experience here as have those who’ve completed this program in previous years,” said Dr. Gary S. Cox, president of AIKCU.