Jones wins TN legislative internship

June 4, 2014

jones1smWill Jones, a junior English and Politics and Government double major at Bryan, has been selected to participate in the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program for the state General Assembly’s 2013 session.

From left, Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay,
Will Jones, and Sen. Ken Yager. Will, from Dayton, will work in Nashville from Jan. 7 through May 31, 2013, unless the assembly adjourns earlier. “I’ll be doing everything from picking up coffee to making copies, to researching legislation, to briefing legislators on the day’s business,” he said. “A lot depends on where I end up, whether I’m assigned to a legislator or a department. I think they will send me where they need extra boots on the ground.”

State Sen. Ken Yager, whose district includes Dayton, said, “I am excited to have Will, one of my constituents from Bryan College, be a part of the Legislative Internship Program. Interns play an important role in helping senators and representatives with the day-to-day operation of our offices and committees, and I believe Will will do an outstanding job during the next session.”

According to information from the state, the internship program is open to undergraduate upperclassmen or graduate students from public and private colleges in Tennessee. Interns will work in legislative offices and committees during the week, and will have weekly meetings with state leaders.

Will said Marica Merck, director of marketing and career services, was particularly helpful in introducing him to the internship program and preparing him for the selection process. Dr. Ron Petitte, professor of politics and government, and Ms. Pamela Hollis, assistant professor of English, also helped with his recommendations.

“I don’t really know what I want to do with my life, but I think the best way to find out is to do something. Trying something in a professional setting like this will be helpful,” he said. “I hope to get a clearer idea of how my majors are preparing me for a career.”

Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay congratulated Will on his selection. “This is a significant accomplishment for Will to be chosen for this highly selective legislative internship. Will is an outstanding student who has distinguished himself academically and as a leader on campus. I believe he will do an outstanding job and, I trust, pave the way for more Bryan students to explore this avenue of public service.”