“This unique partnership provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn what it takes to make a community — and a democracy — work as it should,” said Cristin Foster Brawner, executive director of the David Matthews Center. Five students from New College are taking part in the Walker County internship for 2016. Those students include Madison Drury of St. Louis, working on the “We Can Do That” campaign and at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center; Ally Siegler of St. Louis, working on the Health Action Partnership; Cokie Thompson of Memphis, working with Jasper Main Street; Sarah Johns of Huntsville, working with the 21st Century Day Camp and the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center; and Matthew Zeliff of Atlanta, working on renovations at Walker County Lake. Emily Pickert was an intern in 2015 who has returned to Walker County in 2016 to fill the role of student coordinator. “Most of the interns are from big cities, so they bring a unique perspective to our county,” said Cristy Moody of the Walker Area Community Foundation. “Having that unique perspective allows them to give us some great ideas that can impact the future of our community. The internship is definitely beneficial to the students and to our county.” While working on their different projects, the students live full-time in Walker County. The group has been hosted at dinners and community events by residents from throughout the area. “New College is very thankful for the hospitality that Walker County residents extend to our students — everything from feeding them, to taking them ‘out on the town’ to inviting them for worship to offering invaluable career guidance. For our interns, this is real-world education at its finest,” Adams said. The internship program is unique to Walker County. Moody said Jasper and the surrounding areas are perfectly suited for the project. “It all just works here,” she said. “It has been a great partnership.” Interns will finish up their work in the area this week. Final presentations for each project will be held today at 1 p.m. inside the auditorium at First Bank of Jasper.