|Stennis-Montgomery Association at Mississippi State University|
The Stennis-Montgomery Association (SMA) is a student organization at Mississippi State University that encourages students of every background and academic discipline to participate in politics. The SMA serves as a resource for students who want to register to vote and get involved in the political process of their community and nation. Throughout the year, the SMA sponsors various speakers on campus and provides workshops that guide students through the application process for internship positions in Washington, D.C. and other places.
Each year, approximately 30 of the most active members of the Stennis-Montgomery Association take a trip to Washington, D.C. The Stennis Center for Public Service always organizes a luncheon for the SMA students to interact with the congressional delegation from Mississippi. The event is usually in March, except in presidential inauguration years when it occurs in January. For example, the annual luncheon for 2013 was held on January 22, at the U.S. Capitol in conjunction with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. The next SMA luncheon on Capitol Hill with the Mississippi congressional delegation and selected staff will take place on April 4, 2014.