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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee is helping to provide students with internships in Washington, D.C., and scholarships to cover expenses.

Starting in spring 2004, four UT students will work about four days per week and on off days will participate in an academic course taught by The Washington Center, a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization in Washington.

They will also attend Washington Forum, a series of activities including Congressional breakfasts, lectures and embassy tours.

The students are:

Conner Corwin, a freshman in accounting from Lenoir City, TN.

Christen Hill, a freshman in electronic media from Memphis, TN.

LaShonda Louallen, a junior in public relations from Columbia, SC.

Ryan Womack, a sophomore in political science from Chattanooga, TN.

“I am excited about our partnership with TWC,” said Dr. Robert Greenberg, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and the program’s coordinator.

“I think students will have great opportunities to network and obtain jobs with these types of organizations.”

Greenberg also said that he hopes eventually to have 15 students participate in the program each semester.

The Washington Center has sponsored the internship program for nearly 30 years and has more than 30,000 alumni.

Students may intern with companies or governmental agencies such as CNN, The White House, the Internal Revenue Service, or the Environmental Protection Agency.

After the UT students complete their internship, they serve as recruiters for future student participants.