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Reinhardt University students selected for Georgia Legislative Internship Program

By Erika Neldner

The first Reinhardt University students in school history have been selected for the Georgia Legislative Internship Program, through which they will gain experience under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.

Tyler Gaines, of Villa Rica, Darian Harris, of Marietta, and Will Sizemore, of Mt. Zion, will interview later this month for their placements at the Georgia State Capitol.

“The Georgia Legislative Internship Program allows students to work at the Georgia State Legislature while it is in session. They work full time, five days a week, eight hours a day, even longer if needed, until the Legislature passes the budget,” said Dr. SimonPeter Gomez, assistant professor of political science.

Gomez participated in a similar program in 1988 in Massachusetts. The experience, he said, was invaluable and was a great resume addition for when he applied to graduate schools.

“I worked for an individual legislator and was able to go back and do some work over the summer. It helped me understand the legislative process at a more intimate level, and it helped me appreciate the process regardless of the political party,” he said. “When I came to Reinhardt, I looked for a similar program here in Georgia.”

Gaines (a junior double majoring in political science and criminal justice), Harris (a senior majoring in political science) and Sizemore (a junior majoring in political science) will interview Dec. 13-14 and then be selected for committees. Gomez noted that committees in the legislative process is where the majority of the work gets done.

“We are excited about the students from Reinhardt,” said Stacy Peery, director of Senate Staffing at the Capitol. “It was a record-breaking year for us as far as applications so the competition was really tough. Reinhardt should be proud.”

The students receive 12 educational credits for their participation in the program, and the internship jobs at the Capitol are paid positions.

“That was really great of the university to work with the students and me to make it as enticing as possible for our students to overcome the obstacles they face, making it possible for them to participate in the program,” Gomez said.  

Pictured, from left, are students are Tyler Gaines, Darian Harris and Will Sizemore, who were selected for the Georgia Legislative Internship Program. Photo by Jeff Reed

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