SGA intern program offers students a chance to get their feet wet in Student Senate


Kansas State’s
Student Government Association recently posted
the names of the new class of SGA interns on their blog. The Intern Program is a
yearlong program that is part of the SGA legislative branch. The program gives freshmen
and sophomores an opportunity to become involved in campus and become
associated with SGA and its college student senators.
All interns were required to submit an
application, followed by an eight minute interview with the SGA executive team. This
year, 25 interns were chosen from a competitive applicant pool of 103. After
being sworn in, all new interns will be educated on how SGA works, be notified
of campus events and form part of the seven senate committees. The interns are
given the same rights as K-State senators such as speaking on a debate and writing
legislation. However, unlike senators, interns are not given voting privileges.

Natalie Kutney, freshmen in industrial engineering, is among the 25 interns who were chosen.

“I am excited to be involved with K-State and be able to meet new people that have a voice within campus,” said Kutney. “I want to make a difference and truly become a part of the campus community.

Becky Brady, sophomore in pre-professional elementary education, is the intern coordinator in charge of the program and was a former intern.

“I educate the interns in every way possible so they know what is going on in senate and help them become an asset to SGA,” Brady said.

Interns are required to attend student senate meetings every Thursday at 7 p.m. and attend an intern meeting with Brady every other Thursday.

“I enjoy attending the meetings with Becky,” Alec Khoury, sophomore in political science and current SGA intern, said. “She has a lot of experience in SGA and shares tips and tricks that we wouldn’t know, so that we could fit in just fine in SGA.”

With the new class of SGA interns, Brady also plans on organizing an intern project.

“I plan on completing two intern projects this year, and that may include a leadership workshop with surrounding high schools or possibly a flier that will encourage students to join Kansas State. It all really depends on what the interns want to do,” Brady said.

The new class of SGA interns has a lot in store for them this year. Brady described the ideal intern as a “personable and easy-to-talk to person who is passionate about activities they are involved in, with a history of strong leadership roles.”