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'Uncommon Experience': Newport's Caitlin Burchette spends spring semester in England


Caitlin Burchette displays the identification badge issued to her when she
recently interned at the House of Commons in London.
Published: 6:07 PM, 07/05/2013 Last updated: 6:08 PM, 07/05/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

During spring semester, Caitlin Burchette of Newport, a rising junior at the University of Tennessee, did what a growing number of local college students are doing. She spent January 25 through April 25 in England as part of UTK's Global Leadership Scholars Program, an honors business program offered by the university.

Part of the program's requirements call for students to spend the second semester of their sophomore year in London where they take classes and complete internships.

Caitlin's internship landed her in the House of Commons, where she worked in the office of Nigel Evans, MP Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, a job that put her in the right spot at the right time to meet heads of state from around the world, chat with British government leaders at numerous receptions, and joined the queue of those paying their respects to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose death occurred while Caitlin was in town.

"It was a fabulous experience," Caitlin said Wednesday morning. "I answered the telephone, routed letters to the proper people, attended meetings and receptions, and even gave tours of Parliament to Nigel's constituents when they visited. Needless to say, they were surprised to have a tour guide from Tennessee!"

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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