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Thirteen students have been named Congressional interns for summer and fall 2018. The Congressional Internship Program allows students to work with Tennessee’s legislators in Washington, DC.

The Center for Career Development administers the program selection and helps prepare students for the experience.

This summer marks the most students who have participated in the program in UT’s history.

Senator Bob Corker and UT student Turner Matthews during the summer 2017 Congressional Internship Program.

These interns will work directly with members of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation to enhance their understanding of public policy and governance procedures and their impact on our state. They will also learn about critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and leadership, and career management and professionalism.

Selected students work full time in the office and participate in a wide range of experiences including giving tours of the Capitol, researching policy issues, compiling and distributing documents, writing reports and memos, tracking legislation, attending hearings and briefings, and engaging in special projects.

Misty Marshall, operations director for Senator Lamar Alexander and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, said, “No school produces brighter, more motivated, and harder-working students who are better prepared for life after college than UT. Senator Alexander couldn’t be more pleased for this office to participate in the UT Congressional Internship Program—he and his staff benefit from the skills these interns bring to their service to the people of Tennessee.”

“I’m a proud UT alum and a former congressional intern, and I’m excited to be working with this program to offer internship opportunities that open doors and help prepare UT students for life after college.”

This summer’s internship recipients include:

  • Antonio Butler, senior in supply chain management from Antioch, Tennessee, Representative Steve Cohen
  • Ryan Cox, junior in political science from Knoxville, Representative Diane Black
  • Trevor Hobbs, master’s candidate in public policy and administration from Knoxville, Representative Black
  • Andres Lozano, senior in political science from Chattanooga, Representative Chuck Fleishmann
  • Kiersten Marsh, junior in political science from Johnson City, Senator Bob Corker
  • Ashley Murrell, junior in sociology from Oakland, Tennessee, Representative Cohen
  • Nicole Painter, sophomore in journalism and electronic media from Lebanon, Tennessee, Senator Alexander and Senator Corker
  • Greta Roberts, junior in history and political science from Collierville, Tennessee, Representative David Kustoff and Representative Jim Cooper
  • Nicholas Ross, junior in chemical engineering from Johnson City, Senator Alexander and the HELP Committee
  • William Smith, junior in political science from Collierville, Tennessee, Representative Kustoff
  • Mickayla Stogsdill, junior in public administration and Russian studies from Farragut, Tennessee, Senator Alexander

This fall’s internship recipients include:

  • Annalise Burkhart, junior in Middle East studies and political science from Knoxville, TBD
  • Dylan Douglas, junior in political science from Brentwood, Tennessee, TBD

Spring 2019 applications will open in late August 2018.


Katherine Saxon (865-974-8365,