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Colonels at the Capitol Internship Program


What is CCIP?  ♦  Application  ♦  FAQs


What is the Colonels at the Capitol Internship Program?

Participants in the Colonels at the Capitol Internship Program (CCIP) are placed with a Kentucky legislator as they serve in the General Assembly and will spend Tuesdays and Thursdays during the spring semester in Frankfort. Interns will provide their own transportation and be reimbursed for the costs of gas and meals. This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of the state’s political process while developing critical professional skills through research, communication, and networking.

Gain a Competitive Edge

Upon graduation, EKU students will find themselves pursuing employment opportunities in a highly competitive, global job market. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates with a demonstrated ability to utilize hard and soft skills in the work environment. Participation in the Colonel’s at the Capitol Internship Program provides students with an opportunity to develop these skills through real-world experience.

THE APPLICATION IS DUE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2023.


Frequently Asked Questions


What are the application requirements?

  • Junior or Senior Standing (i.e., at least 60 credit hours completed at the start of the internship)
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • 3.2 major GPA
  • Completion of POL 101 (or equivalent course)
  • Availability every Tuesday and Thursday during the spring semester through the end of the legislative session, which is no later than March 30 in odd-numbered years and April 15 in even-numbered years.

What are the personal and professional benefits of this internship?
Interns will develop hands-on knowledge of the state legislative process and policymaking. Opportunities for networking will allow interns to develop contacts with lawmakers, policy experts, and business leaders from across the Commonwealth. Responsibilities undertaken by interns will give them experience for careers ranging from lawmaking, policy analysis, lobbying, and public relations.

What kind of responsibilities will I have?
Interns will shadow their legislator, engaging in all the activities typical for a member of the General Assembly. This will involve interns in responsibilities including constituent service and communications, tracking legislation, and monitoring committee meetings.
Interns should remember that they are representing EKU. Representing the university well includes dressing professionally. Specifically, men are expected to wear dress pants, a jacket, collared shirt, and dress shoes. Women are expected to wear a pants suit or skirt. All interns will wear an EKU lapel pin when on the job. Representing EKU well also means professional conduct. Interns are expected to treat everyone with courtesy and respect, regardless of party affiliation.

Who will I intern with?
Interns will be assigned to a member of the Kentucky General Assembly or to an administrative office, such as the Legislative Research Commission. Assignments will be made by the CCIP coordinator.

How will I get to Frankfort every week?
Each intern is responsible for getting themselves to and from Frankfort every Tuesday and Thursday. Interns may choose to carpool. The internship coordinator will provide a way for students to get in contact with each other, but students must take the initiative to work out any ride-share arrangements. Interns will be reimbursed for the cost of transportation and meals.

How long does the internship last?
Students will work every Tuesday and Thursday during the legislative session. The session is scheduled to last from early January through the end of March (in odd-numbered years) and mid-April (in even numbered-years). Once the Legislative Research Commission has issued the official calendar, it will be distributed to the interns.

Interns may be required to participate in one or more training sessions. Details will be communicated by the CCIP coordinator.

What if I need to miss a day?
Interns are allowed two excused absences during the legislative session. Additional absences must be communicated to the program coordinator.

How do I receive course credit for this internship?
Students have two options for receiving course credit. They may register for either the political science course, POL 498: Kentucky Legislative Internship Program, or for an internship course offered in a major or minor other than political science. Students who register for POL 498 and successfully complete all the internship requirements will receive 3 course credits. Students who wish to register for an internship course other than POL 498 should consult with the internship coordinator for the Department offering the course for information about registration, credit hours, and grading. The CCIP coordinator, Professor Steve Barracca, will verify completion of course requirements and assign a grade for students enrolled in POL 498. For students taking courses other than POL 498, the instructor/internship coordinator for that course will verify completion of course requirements and assign a grade.

Who do I contact for more information?
For other questions, contact the CCIP coordinator, Steve Barracca at steve.barracca@eku.edu

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