Students intern in state legislature
Three University of Tennessee at Martin students are serving as interns this semester during the 2008 Tennessee General Assembly.
Wendy Elliot, Dresden, Jessica McKinney, South Fulton, and Riley Pace, Hohenwald, are participating in the Tennessee Legislative Intern Program.
The program, established in 1972, provides Tennessee university students with an opportunity to work and learn in a hands-on legislative environment. Each year, 70-80 students from across the state participate in this program to learn about leadership responsibilities and to develop legislative process skills. The interns assist legislative office staff with activities and business functions.
Assignments include the following:
•Elliott, 76th District Rep. Mark Maddox, Democratic Whip;
•McKinney, 81st District Rep. Jimmy Naifeh, Speaker of the House; and
•Pace, 77th District Rep. Phillip Pinion, House Transportation Committee chair.
Elliott is a senior political science major with a minor in communications. She has served as a writer for the university’s student newspaper, The Pacer.
McKinney is a senior marketing major with a minor in political science. She is considering a career in law or in marketing.
Pace is a senior political science major with a minor in international relations. She has been a member of the Skyhawk softball team and plans to practice criminal defense or international law.