Ashlee Kendrick ’21 chosen for Governor’s Office Internship Program
By Susan D. Jones, Vice President and Dean of Students
Ashlee Kendrick, a rising senior at Judson College, was recently selected for the Alabama Governor’s Office Internship Program. Kendrick’s placement, which began June 24, is with the Alabama Department of Tourism, a Cabinet agency of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. During the highly selective five-week internship, Kendrick will gain hands-on experience and a better understanding of state government operations.
When asked about the placement, Giana Miola, Governor Ivey’s Press Secretary, explained its importance. “A critical part of the tourism industry is sharing all that Alabama has to offer through written content, publications and social media,” she said, noting that Kendrick will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to that effort by editing, writing, and generating social media content.
“During the summer months, we are glad to welcome several bright college students through our internship program,” Governor Ivey said. “These young men and women are doing much more than earning school credit. They are developing skills and a love for government. Most importantly, they can walk away from this experience knowing that they have helped make a difference in some way.”
When asked about her aspirations, Kendrick explained that she has always been fascinated by the political process. A History major with minors in both Religious Studies and Political Science, Kendrick plans to attend law school to launch a career in politics after graduation.
She and her twin sister, Olivia, have had the opportunity to learn about local government firsthand. Their father, Brent Kendrick, is currently serving his sixth term on the City Council of Robertsdale, Alabama.
Although she has only been a Judson student for two years, Kendrick also has strong personal ties to Judson. Her mother, Lenora Moore Kendrick, is a 1992 graduate of the College and is the current president of the Baldwin County Chapter of the College’s Alumnae Association. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Ashlee has served in a number of leadership positions at Judson. She currently represents the College as a Judson Student Ambassador and will serve as Senior Class President during the 2019-2020 academic year.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be an intern for Governor Ivey,” said Kendrick. “I am grateful for the experience and am so excited to see what this summer has in store!”
Photo: Ashlee Kendrick (left), 2019-2020 Senior Class President, with Megan Matthews ’19, outgoing Senior Class President, at Class Day at Judson College.