micahMicah Ingram, a Georgetown College junior from Corinth, is one of five Kentucky independent college students selected for a legislative internship this semester in Frankfort.

Ingram, the son of James and Linda young of Corinth, is a political science major at Georgetown and would like to enter state government work someday. He will be doing his internship with state Sen. Joey Pendleton, a Hopkinsville Democrat. Ingram, a graduate of Owen County High School, was chosen for the internship on the basis of his background, potential leadership skills and interest in government.

The Frankfort internship program, begun in 2000, is sponsored by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. Since its inception, 70 students attending most of Kentucky’s independent colleges, have spent a semester in Frankfort working for either selected members of the General Assembly or in state agencies. The program’s major purpose is to expose outstanding college students to public service as a career option and to help them hone already-existing leadership skills. Students chose for the competitive program are required to complete 30 hours of work per week and two academic seminars focused on state government policy-making. They receive living expense stipends while in the state capital and a semester of academic credit from their campuses.

“We are very pleased to have another outstanding group of students come to Frankfort, and I’m certain that they will benefit as much from their experience here as have those who’ve completed this program in previous years,” said Dr. Gary Cox, president of AIKCU.

The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Kentucky’s private, nonprofit, non-tax supported, and regionally accredited four year colleges and universities. 2008 marks the ninth year of the AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship Program.