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KNOXVILLE — The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is now accepting applications for its high school summer internship program. The internships provide opportunities for up to seven students to explore their interests in politics, public service, civic engagement, political communications and media.

Applicants should be rising high school juniors or seniors and should be available June 15-26. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Each intern receives a $250 stipend.

Baker Center summer interns are expected to complete three public policy related projects during their time at the Baker Center and present their work to an audience of Baker Center staff, parents, faculty and associates.

These projects include:

– keeping a journal detailing all days at the Baker Center;
– completing the Project Citizen program with the other interns; and
– conducting a study on a policy issue that is of personal interest.

Summer 2009 high school internship application forms and instructions are available online at Completed applications should be submitted via e-mail or U.S. mail, or they can be hand delivered. They are due by 4 p.m. May 1 to the Baker Center, 1640 Cumberland Ave.

The application form consists of some basic personal information and three short essay questions. A recommendation is required from someone who can attest to the applicant’s leadership skills, maturity, writing skills, time-management abilities and professionalism.

Questions about the internship program should be addressed to Gavin Luter at or (865) 974-1462.


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,