The History of the Legislative Aide Program
In 1983, a local legislator, Bob Argo, made a comment in a class presentation that
would change the lives of many Family and consumer Science students. He simply
stated that he wished to be more responsive in his constituents in the form of
answering letters, telephone calls, and visits to the capitol during the session
of the General Assembly.
In response, Dean Emerita Emily Pou suggested a student assistant. Her offer was accepted. Because students would need financial support to live in Atlanta during the legislative session, Dean Pou asked Dr. Jessie Mize, former Department Head of Housing and consumer Economics, for her support. Over the years, many others have contributed to this program.
Since that time, the program has grown to include all four of the Athens area representatives and an aide to the Women's Legislative Caucus in the Georgia General Assembly, and one congressional (Washington) legislator from Georgia.
This program has had many able and visionary leaders. From 1983-1993, Dr. Anne Sweaney served as the Legislative/Congressional Aide coordinator. This program has since been supervised by Emeritus Dean Richard Endsley, Associate Dean Chris Todd, Dr. Mick Coleman, Associate Dean Dr. Jorge Atiles, and Associate Dean Dr. Jan Hathcote. Currently this program is being supervised by Dean Linda Kirk Fox.
Legislative Aide and Sonny Perdue
- Spring semester internship during the Georgia General Assembly session beginning in January
- Five students serve as aides to Athens-Clarke County Representatives
- One student serves as an aide to the Women’s Legislative Caucus
- Act as a guide at College of Family and Consumer Sciences’s Day at the Capital in February
- Live in Metro Atlanta for Spring Semester
- Legislative Aide Video Presentation
- Intern with a legislator or federal agency in Washington, D.C., during the semester following application
- Act as a guide for HACE’s Washington Study Tour in summer
- Live in Washington, D.C.
- Graduate Students must be in good standing
- Apply to a legislator or federal agency well in advance
- Graduate students will retain their assistantship funding
Why become an Aide?
- Serve your college, community and nation
- Learn how policies affect everyday lives
- Meet influential people
- Impact your academic and future career
- Opportunity to proudly represent UGA and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Receive course credit; may satisfy internship requirement
- Receive a $1,500 stipend for the housing, transportation, and professional clothing required
Selection Procedures for Legislative Aide
- Have a minimum 45 hours completed as a College of Family and Consumer Sciences major – Junior or Senior—with a cumulative GPA of 2.7
- Complete or enroll in Pre-Internship course at the time of application
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member
- Submit an application with advisor’s signature
- Application for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Legislative Aide Program. Applications due October 4, 2013.
- Complete an interview with Aide Program Committee
Selection Procedures for Congressional Aide
For more information:
Andrea Farnham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Legislative Aide Coordinator
224 Dawson Hall, Athens, GA 30602-3622.