First Time for UofM Lambuth: Two Students Serving as Interns with Tennessee Legislature for Same Term

January 23, 2018 - Two students from the University of Memphis Lambuth have been awarded internships by the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program (TLIP). Hayes O'Donnell, a political science major, and Malick Gaye, a psychology major, are spending the 2018 legislative spring term in Nashville and will earn 12 hours of academic credit.

This is the second time a UofM Lambuth student has been awarded this internship, but the first time two students from UofM Lambuth have earned internships for the same term.

The program places students as interns in the Tennessee General Assembly. Interns are assigned to work for a representative or senator responsible for lawmaking in Tennessee. Duties generally include attending committee meetings, tracking bills through the calendar and constituent service.

"Both Hayes and Malick were part of the UofM Model United Nations program, and the TLIP is another step toward understanding how public policy and laws are developed at state, national and international levels, all of which influence all of our lives," said Dr. Paul Mego, senior lecture in Political Science. "They are two of UofM Lambuth's best and brightest, and I'm extremely proud of them both."

O'Donnell, of Bells, Tenn., is the daughter of Robert and Virginia O'Donnell. Gaye, from Dakar, Senegal, and Jackson, Tenn., is the son of Dr. Matar Gaye and Rokhayatou Gaye.

Photo caption: Hayes O'Donnell, left, and Malick Gaye pose with Ollie Otter, the Tennessee booster seat and safety belt mascot.


Chuck Gallina | cgallina@memphis.edu | 901.678.1756