The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office will hire a select number of college students to serve as interns during the summer and fall. Participating students will have the opportunity to gain work experience in a state government office, as well as develop and enhance their communication, comprehension, business, and writing skills. All applicants must fall under the following criteria: • 18+ years old by the day of application • full--time, undergraduate college student in Freshman year or higher To apply, please fill out the application, and submit an essay that adheres to the following guidelines: • Topic: What are the three biggest problems facing our state, government, or nation today? • 350+ words • MLA format with Times New Roman 12 font • Five or more paragraphs consisting of an introduction, at least 3 supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion; the intro. paragraph should move from general to specific and contain a thesis statement that lists the forthcoming points of the essay • In-text citations and Works Cited page required • The essay must be written by the student applicant. Plagiarism and ghost-written works will not be accepted.