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St. Catharine College junior Ailee Raley has been awarded a Frankfort semester internship and is spending her spring semester working and studying in Kentucky’s state capital.
Raley, of Lebanon, is majoring in business management with a focus in human resources and is doing her internship in the state Department of Revenue. She is among several St. Catharine College students who have had similar internships in recent years.
The internship program, sponsored by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), provides on-the-job experiences for students interested in public affairs and also gives them an opportunity to consider public service as a career option. In addition to working 30 hours per week, the interns also complete academic seminars in public administration and Kentucky government and politics. Completion of the program qualifies them for up to a full semester of credit from their home institutions. Interns also receive $2,500 stipends to partially cover their living expenses for the semester.
“The experience has been great so far,” Raley said. “I am getting to meet a lot of people and also learning many new things. Not only am I learning about things in the revenue department but also about current things going on in our government.”
Since its beginning in the year 2000, 129 students from Kentucky’s 20 independent colleges and universities have participated in the internship program. More information about the AIKCU internship program is available at http://www.aikcu.org/frankfortsemesterinternships/