Legislative Internship Program

ASUM has organized a highly successful annual state internship program in Jefferson City, Missouri for over 30 years. Approximately 10 undergraduate students are selected per year, with an attempt to include students from each of the four University of Missouri campuses.

Intern applications are released every year in August and are generally due in mid-September. Interns go through a selection and training process in fall semester and begin their work on the first day of session for the Missouri Legislature in January.

For questions concerning the ASUM & the internship program, please contact us. 

Legislative Director | Joel Longanecker


Joel Longanecker is a senior at University of Missouri–St. Louis and majors in social work. Joel worked with ASUM as an intern for the 97th General Assembly during the spring of 2014. As an intern, he gained valuable experience how the political process takes place in Missouri and is excited to lead a new team of interns in these same experiences as legislator director of the ASUM Legislative Internship for the 98th General Assembly. In the future, Joel plans to pursue a master of science in management and leadership in the fall of 2015.

Assistant Legislative Director | Meghan McCann


Meghan is a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying history and political science. She served as an ASUM intern during the 2014 legislative session. She is an active member of Delta Delta Delta, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Fraternity, and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Meghan has lived in Washington, D.C. the two previous summers, serving as an intern for the Federal Judicial Center and for U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer. When she graduates, she hopes to move back to Washington, D.C. and work on Capitol Hill.

2014-2015 ASUM Intern Team

 Adam Bryant, Missouri S&T

Adam is a legislative intern for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri.  He is a junior studying information science and technology, with an emphasis in human and computer interaction.  He is from the suburbs of Kansas City, but currently lives in Rolla, Missouri where he attends The Missouri University of Science and Technology.  Adam has been the vice president of his campus’ chapter of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri for the past three years.  He is the academic editor for the Rolla MO Yearbook and a member of the Global Leaders Institute.  After graduation, Adam plans on attending graduate school for a masters degree in the technology field.  He wants to work at Apple, Google, Microsoft, or a car company after finishing his graduate work.


Alan Bingham, UMSL

Alan Bingham a sophomore at UMSL studying political science and history with a minor in German. He transferred from UMKC to see another part of Missouri and experience the adult life while broadening his view of what Missouri has to offer. He plans to work for a law firm after graduating as a paralegal or work with government when possible. After gaining some knowledge from experience he hopes to further his education in law school, focusing on business litigation or international law. He has visited Europe and lived abroad in Germany and hopes that those influences can help him bring different viewpoints to the table. He looks forward to someday being able to travel and learn from different cultures so that he continually learn things that he may not be able to learn from a book.


Emma Smocznski, MU

Emma is a legislative intern for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri.  She is a junior political science and communication major with a minor in geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is originally from a southwestern suburb of Chicago.  Emma is a member of many organizations on her campus, and holds leadership positions in two of them.  She is a team leader of STRIPES, Mizzou’s safe ride program and is also the service chair of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honors Fraternity chapter on campus.  This past summer, Emma interned with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s campaign in northern Illinois, working both in her home office in Illinois and getting to spend part of the summer working in Washington D.C. After graduation, Emma plans on attending graduate school to pursue her political interests further.

Madison McMillian, MU

Maddie is a legislative intern for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. She was born and raised in Farmington, Missouri where she graduated from Farmington High School before moving to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is currently a sophomore pursing a political science and economics dual degree. Maddie is an active member of many campus organizations at Mizzou including Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity, Student Mobilization, Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, Caring for Columbia, and Pi Sigma Alpha-the political science honor society.  She also volunteers her time at Russell Elementary and with the children’s ministry at The Crossing, both in Columbia. She has previously worked as a legislative intern for Representative Shelley Keeney, and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer.  Maddie hopes to intern is Washington D.C. this summer, and upon graduation in 2016 she plans to pursue a juris doctor and masters of public affairs dual degree.

Madison Silvey, MU

Madison is a legislative intern for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. She is a sophomore studying journalism with a minor in political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is from Farmington, Missouri. Madison is currently a member of numerous campus organizations including standing as vice president of Executive Women International-Collegiate, writing for the Mizzou Odyssey, acting as the awareness chairmen for Mizzou Speaks and is a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Furthermore, she is the current risk manager for her sorority Delta Delta Delta, Delta Xi Chapter. Madison participates in the tutoring program for Columbia Public Schools on a weekly basis. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Madison hopes to attend law school at Boston University.

Sarah Sachs, MU

Sarah is a legislative intern for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. She is a junior majoring in English and minoring in business and philosophy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is from Springfield, Missouri. In the past, she has served as a captain for the university’s mock trial team and is currently an active member of many campus organizations including Tigers Advancing Political Participation and Kappa Alpha Theta. She spent this past summer in Washington, D.C. interning for Senator Roy Blunt. Sarah aspires to attend law school prior to graduation.

Kate Hargis, MU

Kate Hargis is a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia pursuing degrees in both mathematics and political science. She is originally from Springfield, Missouri where she graduated from Glendale High School. Outside of classes she is involved in various organizations including the Missouri Students Association, where she serves as the deputy chief of staff; as well as Tigers Advancing Political Participation, where she is on the executive board. She is also a site-leader for Mizzou Alternative Breaks where she is leading a trip of students to Texas to work with the homeless over spring break. After she graduates from Mizzou, she plans to go to law school and pursue a career involving international human rights.

Steven Chaffin, Jr., MU

Steven Chaffin is a legislative intern for the Associated Students of the University of Missouri.  He is a sophomore studying political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He is from St. Louis, Missouri.  In addition to interning at ASUM, Steven is also the president of the Residence Halls Association of the University of Missouri-Columbia for the duration of the 2014-15 academic year.  As president, he is currently working on a number of projects designed at improving the on-campus experience for Mizzou students both academically, socially, and professionally.  After graduating from Mizzou and earning a graduate degree in political science, he hopes to enter state politics and become a speechwriter.