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Five Old Dominion University graduates have been selected to participate in the 2006 Virginia General Assembly Internship Program. The full-time paid internship will run from Jan. 11 through March 11 at the state capitol in Richmond.

The program offers a select group of highly motivated individuals the opportunity to experience the administration of state government firsthand. Each intern will work with two selected senators and their staff during the session. The interns selected by Old Dominion are the following:

· Katherine Ely of Smithfield received a bachelor's degree in communications and psychology in December. While at Old Dominion, Ely started the student chapter of Amnesty International. She plans to pursue a master's degree in psychology;

· Shabnam Khalili, from Newport News, received a bachelor's degree in political science in December. Active in the pre-law association at Old Dominion, Khalili will pursue a law degree in the fall;

· Matt Lewis, from Virginia Beach, will receive bachelor's degree in political science in May. He plans to pursue a law degree;

· Wendy Grainger, from Moyock, N.C., received a bachelor's degree in psychology in December. An active volunteer with the North Carolina court system, Grainger plans to pursue a law degree and specialize in family law;

· Danielle Lackey, from Virginia Beach, received a bachelor's degree in political science in December. Lackey returns to the general assembly, after successfully completing the internship with Old Dominion last year. After graduation, she plans to pursue a law degree and master's degree in public policy.

In these internships, each student will write letters, file, monitor legislation and attend hearings on behalf of their legislators.

This article was posted on: January 5, 2006

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