OKLAHOMA CITY- University of Oklahoma sophomore, Seth Nightengale, got a special opportunity this semester when he was selected to be in the prestigious Capitol Scholars Program. The program gives college students the opportunity to intern in the Oklahoma Legislature, a state agency or with an advocacy group. The Ardmore native chose to work in the Senate with Sen. Frank Simpson who he said has been a remarkable mentor.
"This has been such a great opportunity and I want to thank Sen. Simpson for mentoring me and allowing me to assist his office and the citizens of Senate District 14," said Nightengale. "My favorite part of interning at the Senate has been the atmosphere with all the committee meetings, talking to constituents, organizations and special interest groups, reading bills and experiencing all of the other behind-the-scenes work that goes on. I enjoy seeing special interest groups like, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, fighting for their causes and being a part of the legislative process."
Nightengale said he has been surprised with the sheer amount of paperwork and bills that go through the Senate daily. His responsibilities include reading bills, attending committee meetings and answering calls, emails and letters from constituents.
"It has been a pleasure having Seth with us this session. He is a hard worker who is dedicated and passionate about his state government," said Sen. Simpson. "Being another difficult budget year, this is an especially great time for Seth to see how the legislative process works. I'm truly grateful for his service."
Seth is majoring in letters with an emphasis in constitutional studies and wants to attend law school. The Capitol Scholars Program is part of the university's Carl Albert Center. Seth is one of 11 students in the program. They are required to work around 20 hours a week and meet with their professors on Fridays to discuss what they are learning.
The Capitol Scholars Program provides a unique learning opportunity for a cohort of undergraduates to experience first-hand the process of public policymaking in the state of Oklahoma.