(a) The judge of probate in each county may appoint not more than two students for each precinct to serve as unpaid student interns during elections. To be appointed a student intern, a student must meet all of the following qualifications:
(1) Be recommended by a principal or other school official, or by the individual responsible for the student's home instruction program.
(2) Be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election for which the appointment is made.
(3) Be a resident of the county or municipality for which the appointment is made.
(4) Be enrolled in a public high school, an accredited private high school, or a home instruction program and be classified as a junior or senior or the equivalent, or be enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution of higher education.
(b) The duties of the student interns appointed pursuant to this section shall be determined by the officials in charge of the election in the county or municipality; provided, however, the duties may not include either of the following:
(1) Determining the qualifications of a voter in the event a voter is challenged.
(2) The operation and maintenance of any voting equipment.
(c) Student interns shall at all times be under the supervision of the poll managers of the election while performing their duties at precincts.
(d) Before performing any duties, student interns shall attend all required training for precinct election officials of the county or municipality and any additional training considered necessary by the officials in charge of the election in the county or municipality.
(e) A student intern who works four or more hours in a day during school hours on the day of an election or any day of training shall be entitled to an excused absence from school for purposes of Chapter 28 of Title 16.