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Capital internships open to qualified college students

By M.J. Ellington (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — Upper-level college students can learn how the political process works as legislative interns.

The Capital Intern Program, directed by the Alabama Law Institute, is open to qualified college juniors, seniors and graduate students. Interns selected receive a one-time $3,600 stipend to help pay expenses.

"The legislative internship program allows college students to be part of the political process in Montgomery and gives them the opportunity to help shape the direction in which our state will travel," said Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur.

"Legislative interns can help draft bills, conduct important research and take responsibility for tasks that are essential to the lawmaking process," he said.

Students work in various state government settings including offices of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, House and Senate. Students who are Alabama residents or attend a college or university in the state are eligible to apply.

The internships run Feb. 4 to May 19 to coincide with the 2008 regular session of the state Legislature. Interns work 30 hours per week in Montgomery.

Applications are available online from the Alabama Law Institute at or from state legislators. The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 15.

Interested Morgan, Madison and Limestone County students may get internship application information from Jennifer Monk in Orr's Senate office in Montgomery at (334) 242-7891 or by contacting another legislator.

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