Four students will be spending the spring semester working in Tennessee congressional offices as part of UT’s Congressional Internship Program.
Since 2010, thirty-eight UT students have served with Tennessee House members and senators in Washington, DC, as part of this program. It’s been so successful that it now offers internships year-round.
The spring class of interns includes
- Casey Black of Memphis, a senior in journalism and electronic media who has extensive social media and marketing professional experience and has worked closely with UT’s Medal of Honor project. She will work with Senator Lamar Alexander.
Olivia Crowe of Maryville, Tennessee, a senior in English with experience in technical writing who has studied abroad at the University of Kent and has interned with the UT System’s Office of Government Relations and Advocacy. She will work with Senator Bob Corker.
Kate Stamper of Ooltewah, Tennessee, a sophomore in aerospace engineering, who is a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program and the Society of Women Engineers, and who serves as both an Alternative Fall Break trip leader and an honors ambassador. She will work in Representative Phil Roe’s office.
Jeremy Williams of Memphis, who has a bachelor’s degree in political science and is now a graduate student in the Master of Public Policy and Administration program. He will work with Senator Bob Corker. Williams has been a Baker Scholar and a member of the Harvard Institute of Politics forum, and he works part time for a local law firm.
These students will begin their internships in January.
The Congressional Internship Program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate or law students who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Interns receive scholarships to help them with their living expenses.
To date, three of the twelve students who participated in the Congressional Internship Program in 2014 have accepted full time jobs with congressional offices.
One of those is former Student Government Association President Jake Baker, who graduated in May and spent this fall doing an internship in Alexander’s office. He is staying in Washington to work full-time in the office.
“I have really enjoyed living and working in Washington, DC, and being a Congressional intern has taught me a lot about the legislative process,” said Baker, of Franklin, Tennessee. “I have worked with the press team, answered calls from Tennesseans, provided Capitol tours, and helped out with various projects in the office.”
UT alumna Misty Marshall, now the operations director for Alexander and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said UT student interns are much appreciated on Capitol Hill.
“No school produces brighter, more motivated, and harder-working students who are better prepared for life after college than UT,” Marshall said.
To learn more about UT’s Congressional Internship Program, visit the Center for Leadership and Service.
Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, firstname.lastname@example.org)