Senator McConnell Applications due Friday by 5pm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 05, 2012) – The Wildcat Interest Group, the Government Relations Branch for University of Kentucky Student Government, is proud to announce summer internship opportunities reserved for UK students in the offices of Senator Mitch McConnell, Congressman Geoff Davis, Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Andy Barr, Congressman Hal Rogers and Congressman Brett Guthrie for summer 2013. “Wildcats in Washington” gives University of Kentucky students an opportunity to intern in D.C. and includes a $1,500 living stipend for those students selected through an application and interview process.

These congressional positions represent a student’s opportunity to live affordably in the District of Columbia and work in the Halls of Congress with lawmakers and governmental agents, experiencing the role of a Congressional intern tasked with constituent service and legislative research. 

The remaining summer internships, open to all University of Kentucky students returning for fall semester 2013, require a one-page application sheet and corresponding Congressional Internship application of the Congressman to which a student applies. Those documents and all additionally-required materials should be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. to the SGA office, 120 Student Center, by Wednesday, February 20th.  The internship application deadline for Senator McConnell’s office is Friday, Feb. 8th by 5pm:

Students who do not know their Congressional district should access Kentucky Voter Information Center to see their registration and district information (  Though length of internship varies, each position’s term ranges from four to six weeks.

Students deemed qualified will be notified for an interview with an impartial, unaffiliated selection committee within 2 business days following the application deadline. After interviews, one preferred and one secondary candidate will be recommended for selection to each respective office, at which point that office will award the summer position to one student. Those selected students will be eligible for a $1,500 living stipend upon accepting the Congressional office’s final offer and signing the Student Government Memorandum of Understanding.  Any questions regarding “Wildcats in Washington” should be directed to Jackie Anne Conley at

The University of Kentucky Student Government Association represents all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at UK in several critical ways including to increase student influence over academic policy and to provide many helpful, creative and necessary student services; to protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights with the university and surrounding municipalities and to better represent the student body in relations with faculty, administration, Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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