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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.

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Megan Bernard
Office of the Secretary

Megan Bernard is a junior pursuing a Political Science degree with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky, and is planning to graduate in December. She is from Columbus, Ohio and is currently a legislative intern with the Public Protection Cabinet legislative liaison. She hopes to one day work in elections, the non-profit sector, or local government. In her free time she enjoys reading, biking, and painting.
Aaliyah Boller
Office of the Secretary

Aaliyah Boller is a Junior at the University of Kentucky pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminology. Aaliyah is a native Kentuckian born and raised in Louisville. She is a hard-working, ambitious young woman with aspirations of practicing law and even possibly becoming the first African-American female Attorney General of Kentucky! Outside of working with the Public Protection Cabinet, she also works at a private law firm in Lexington, KY and is the provisional liaison of Pi Sigma Alpha, UK's National Honor Society of Political Science chapter. In addition to being a student and worker, she is a real estate investor with a couple of properties under her belt. If there is any time left in those busy days, Aaliyah loves spending time with her family back home, watching movies, reading, and cooking.
Adrian Del Valle
Real Estate Authority

Adrian Del Valle is a second-year law student at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. He was born and raised in Miami Florida and is a first-generation college graduate. Mr. Del Valle received his Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, at the age of 20 from Florida State University in 2020 after beginning his post-secondary education the summer of his sophomore year of high school. Prior to his externship with the KREC he was a law clerk for Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. in their Lexington office the summer of 2021. He has an interest in Regulatory Compliance and Constitutional matters as they relate to the modern-day administrative state. He seeks to better understand the nuances that underpin government regulatory operations on the state level while at the Real Estate Authority and acquire the versatility that comes with having experience in both private and public practice. On-campus, he is a member of the UK Law chapter of the Federalist Society, the preeminent Pi Gamma Mu, the Business Law Society, and the Latino Law Society. His hobbies include playing basketball with friends, watching Seminoles & Wildcats Football games and practicing on his Keyboard Piano.
Alexandria Thurman
Department of Insurance

Alexandria Thurman is from Elizabethtown, Kentucky and attends the University of Louisville as a criminal justice major. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in analytics for a law enforcement agency. In her free time, Alexandria enjoys watching sporting events and playing video games.
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.