Andrew Smith, a rural studies major from Folkston at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, is spending a portion of his spring semester in Atlanta as one of the participants in the 2014 Georgia Legislature Internship Program.
Smith is working in the office of Sen. Steve Henson (D-Tucker), who serves as minority leader of the Georgia State Senate. Smith found out about the program from former ABAC student Brittany Trotter. She talked of the day-to-day aspects of the internship and that is what drew him to the program.
Smith has always been interested in politics and started his career in the field at quite a young age.
“I started serving as a page when I was 12 years old and continued to do so until college,” Smith said. “I realized that is where I wanted to work – my dream job. This internship completes my dream.”
For 40 days, he will get the full general assembly experience and learn how the lawmakers operate in a full session.
“The people there inspire me,” Smith said. “I want to go up there and be a part of the process, not just be an observer.”
The Folkston native is now in his senior year as a student of ABAC, and he knows he made the right choice of colleges. His sister had attended ABAC, and he had also heard the college being praised from people he knew within the Charlton County Board of Commissioners, where he worked in high school.
Smith began his ABAC career in 2008 and will graduate in December with his bachelor’s degree in rural studies with a concentration in politics and modern cultures. While at ABAC, he has served in the political science club, served as president of the College Democrats and is presently serving as a research assistant to two ABAC professors, Dr. Joseph Njoroge and Dr. Hans Schmeisser.