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2021 Fall Internships

The Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) Internship program is a unique and mutually beneficial program for both students and agencies. Our goal is to provide a well-rounded experience for each of the student interns. Students will receive a meaningful educational experience including networking opportunities, field experiences, and industry-specific educational components.

Congratulations to our Fall 2021 interns! For information on upcoming internship opportunities email

Fall 2021 Interns
Congratulations to our Fall 2021 Interns

Charles Churchill
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Charles Churchill is a senior at the University of Kentucky, where he studies Equine Science and Management with a Business minor. He is working with the Kentucky Horse Racing Comission during the Fall 2021 semester, learning about the regulatory side of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Racing Industry. He was born and raised in Louisville, KY which allowed him to discover horse racing at an early time in his life, though he did not pursue industry experience until much later. Following the COVID pandemic, he has been dedicated to learning the many nuances of the Thoroughbred racing industry. He enjoys learning about administrative operations, and is excited for an opportunity with a regulatory institution such as the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as well as the other departments in the Public Protection Cabinet.
Mark Lee
Real Estate Authority

Mark Lee is a second-year law student at University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, he is interning with the Kentucky Real Estate Authority. His hobbies include hiking, white water rafting, watching football, and long walks on the beach in the summertime.
McKringle Mhlanga
Department of Insurance

McKringle Mhlanga was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He is Currently a Junior at Kentucky State University majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Accounting. He is a Fall 2021 intern for the Department of Insurance. McKringle is looking forward to a career in Investment Banking/Private Equity but is also open to becoming an actuary.
Deja R. Robinson
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Deja Robinson is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science & Management with a minor in Animal Science at the University of Kentucky (UK). She is from Decatur, Ga and grew up within a small family business. Deja is a zealous student-professional who has aspirations of becoming an Equine Veterinarian but is eager to learn the business and governmental aspects of the Equine Industry. Her dedication to horses is shown through her experiences as an Equestrian, Equine Research Volunteer, Equine Reproduction Veterinary Assistant, Yearling Sales Prep worker, and now, an Intern for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. On-campus, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Minorities in Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), Equine Department's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee, UK Dressage Team, and the UK Pre-Vet Club. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, painting, and riding.