August 18, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant
Just when most college students are making preparations to begin another semester, Laura Beth Huffine is preparing to spend the next five months getting a different kind of education. The Maryville College senior has been selected to intern in the office of Senator Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee and U.S. Senate majority leader.
The internship will provide Huffine with an opportunity to see government work first-hand. From assisting the senator’s office staff to attending hearings on “the Hill,” participants in congressional internship programs are exposed to the many different facets of the legislative system.
“Laura Beth will be a tremendous addition to my office this fall,” Senator Frist said. “She has a sincere dedication to learning and a level of professionalism that we’ve come to expect from Maryville College students. I look forward to her joining our staff, and I hope she has a fulfilling experience interning in the United States Senate.”
Huffine said she is really looking forward to her months in Washington, D.C.
“ I hope to really interact with [Senator Frist’s] constituents and learn more about the legislative process in general.”
Huffine, who will report to Frist’s Washington, D.C., office and begin work after Labor Day, is one of eight interns selected for the fall term. According to Dr. Mary Kay Sullivan, professor of management at the College and Huffine’s academic advisor, being selected for such an internship is a great honor.
“ Based on my experience and that of family and friends who have worked on Capitol Hill, I am aware that it is very difficult to secure an internship in a senator’s office – and it is extremely difficult to do so when the senator is majority leader. These positions are highly competitive.
“ Receiving this internship is a real credit to Laura Beth and her abilities. Laura Beth has been an outstanding student and an involved member of the MC community; I know she will excel in her work in Senator Frist’s office.”
Huffine, who graduated from William Blount High School in 2000, is majoring in business and organization management at the College. She is the daughter of Carroll and Donna Huffine of Maryville.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.