Lewis Honors College Capstone Collection

Year of Publication



Arts and Sciences


Political Science

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

First Capstone/Thesis Advisor

Dr. William Swinford, Ph.D.


This thesis will identify the early motivation for a program conceived by the Student Government Association at the University of Kentucky to penetrate civic apathy and enhance the politically engaged. This qualitative assessment of “Wildcats in Washington” of the Student Internship Program will detail the conception and implementation of the student-facilitated, student-sponsored experiential internship program reserved for the students of the University of Kentucky.

Additionally, this thesis will measure the uniqueness of the University Student Government’s governmental relations and internship initiative against similar efforts at institutions’ in three measurable populations.

Finally, this thesis will briefly address “Wildcats in Washington’s” current status, as of publication, and future expansion.

In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky, this thesis will serve as a transitional document for successive Directors of Wildcat Interest Group of the University’s Student Government.