Senior Gerald Cook has been selected to intern at the Alabama House of Representatives (Nicola Lawler)

Talladega, Alabama—An unique opportunity awaits a Talladega College senior in Montgomery, Alabama this spring. Graduating senior, Gerald Cook was selected to be an intern with the House of Representatives for the Alabama Law Institute beginning February 2012.

As a legislative intern, Mr. Cook will get to work with and for Alabama lawmakers during the 2012 Regular Session. Cook remarks that the selection was a great surprise and he worked hard to obtain it. A Talladega native, Cook is a History and Pre-Law major and he is the Senior Class President. He is a former Crimson Ambassador (the official host/hostess organization for Talladega College), a member of the Talladega College 2011—2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team, and has served as the Chaplain for the Pre-Alumni Council for 2 years. He was also the SGA Vice President for the previous academic school year, and the year prior to that, he was the SGA Speaker of the House.

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Amidst the rigors of studying and extracurricular activities, Mr. Cook maintains a 3.45 GPA. Dr. Sim Pettway remarks, “As a Director of Student Support Services (SSS) at Talladega College, I have had the pleasure in working with Mr. Cook as a peer tutor for the SSS program and also as a debate participant for Constitution Day at Talladega. I find Mr. Cook to be intelligent, focus-driven, a good time manager, and he works well under conflict and stressful conditions. His passion for law and politics made him an easy selection by me for consideration in applying for an internship at the Alabama Legislature.”

The internship program was established by the Alabama Law Institute.  Interns must be a junior or higher in college or graduate school, and either be Alabama residents or attend an Alabama college or university. As an intern, Mr. Cook will be allowed to participate in the legislative process of state government.