In July 2011, the University of Kentucky Student Government Association established Wildcat Interest Group (WIG), a governmental relations division to promote civic engagement and lobby for University students locally and federally. Student Government used WIG to program to promote awareness and sponsor the 2011 campus Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate, 2012 Lexington 3rd District City Council Debate, “Get Out The Vote” outreach, and voter registration drives.
For summer 2012, WIG negotiated six experiential internships in the federal offices of Kentucky's congressmen. Those internships – branded "Wildcats in Washington" of the Student Internship Program – were reserved specifically for University students and awarded through an application and interview process facilitated by UK Student Government.
For spring and summer 2013, WIG extended its Student Internship Program to the state’s capital, Frankfort, and the offices of Kentucky’s constitutional officers. These internships provide students diverse opportunities to engage officials and gain experience in non-political divisions of state governance.
For the application for the other internships in Washington, D.C. click here. The deadline is February 20th, 2013 by 12pm. All applications must be turned in to the Student Government Office in room 120 of the Student Center.