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Woodall lands internship at the Legislative Research Commission

Woodall-Mugshot.jpgMorehead State University’s Sarah Woodall, a Masters of Public Administration student, was accepted for a competitive paid internship at Kentucky’s Legislative Research Commission (LRC).

LRC interns spend their summer and the next two semesters in Frankfort working alongside a non-partisan legislative committee drafting bills, conducting public policy research and assisting in committee meetings for Kentucky’s General Assembly.

“My interest in working with the public at the state level motivated me to apply for this remarkable opportunity,” said Woodall. “I knew the LRC was a reputable non-partisan agency that worked closely with legislators and state administration, and I felt the opportunity would give me valuable experience in research, professional writing, and networking.”

The Rockcastle County native will serve her internship with Bart Liguori in the Office of Education Accountability. She will assist with the preparation of the OEA’s annual reports, research-directed topics, draft written reports and perform other administrative duties as part of the team known as Kentucky’s Education Watchdog.

“I feel that the opportunity to assist with research on education couldn’t have been more timely, given the current political climate in the Commonwealth,” added Woodall. “I feel prepared for the fellowship thanks to my undergraduate courses and professors in the government program, as well as the preparation I have received from the same faculty in the Master of Public Administration program.”

Woodall, the daughter of Harold and Mary Woodall of Brodhead, previously interned in the Canadian Parliament in the summer of 2015 and as an intern at the Morehead-Rowan County Economic Development Center.

“My past and current internship experiences have given me insight into research and invaluable learning opportunities. The political science program faculty have given me a number of tools and resources to instill confidence in my writing and research abilities,” said Woodall.

“Sarah has been continuously and methodically preparing to put herself in a competitive position for this prestigious internship over the last five years," said Dr. James Masterson, associate professor of government and MPA director. "She has taken full advantage of opportunities available to her as an honors student and government major during her undergraduate program, participating in valuable research and internship opportunities. These experiences combined with her graduate level course work and internship helped to make her a competitive applicant for the LRC internship. Few graduate students from Morehead have been selected for this opportunity. We hope to reverse that trend.” 

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