Four college students, representing three universities in Kentucky and Tennessee, were selected for summer internships at L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS). The students will take on roles in civil engineering, land surveying, marketing and communications, and, for the first time, the finance field. The internships will allow them to gain first-hand experience in their chosen fields of study.

“This summer, students from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Murray State University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, will be completing internships at our Paris office,” commented Ashley Horn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at LIS “We look forward to the knowledge and enthusiasm each student will bring to our company.”

Will Gallimore, a McKenzie, Tenn. native, joins LIS as the Land Surveying intern. Gallimore is a rising senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) pursuing a degree in farm and ranch management, alongside a land survey certificate. He is very involved in campus life, having held leadership roles in Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Cattleman’s Association, while also contributing as a student worker on the university’s farm. Additionally, Gallimore was the first recipient of the Lucile D. Smith Land Surveying Scholarship in the spring semester.

Taking on the role of Civil Engineering Intern is Grant Bartholomew. As a previous intern for the West Tennessee Public Utility District and a summer worker for Barsto Construction, Bartholomew is interested in developing skills in infrastructure design and surveying during his internship. Bartholomew is from Huntingdon, Tenn., and a senior at UTM, with an expected graduation date of May 2025. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

Kathryn Bullion, who previously interned throughout her time at Henry County High School, has returned as a Marketing and Communications intern. In her previous role with LIS, she showcased her capabilities by taking on various responsibilities across the marketing and administrative departments including reporting, data entry, developing marketing communications, and acting as a brand ambassador at external events. Bullion, a rising sophomore at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK), excels academically and as a student leader. As a freshman, she was elected Vice President of Marketing for DECA Inc. at UTK, a position she’s earned through her dedication to the organization and marketing excellence previously during high school and now at the university level. 

In the new role of Business Operation Intern, Rachel Holmes will help the controller and support staff manage various functions of the accounting department. Holmes will begin her senior year this fall at Murray State University, graduating in May 2025 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. Her passion for the field is evident through her active involvement in campus organizations, including the MMBA-LCS Club, which involves marketing, management and logistics, and supply chain management. In addition, as a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Holmes has demonstrated outstanding leadership as she served as the Director of Chapter Finances in 2024 and led initiatives such as fundraising events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Since the program’s development in 2022, LIS has offered internship positions for college students seeking to sharpen their skill sets in the land survey, civil engineering, and marketing fields. This year’s interns mark the third group to complete the program and the first to work within the finance field. They will undoubtedly bring a new perspective to our operations. The LIS staff is looking forward to what this group offers and is excited to have them part of the team this summer!

For more information about the LIS internship program, visit our website at or contact Horn at