Monday, October 03, 2016

Washington Legislative Internship Program

Work, Learn and Lead in Olympia.
One of the country's most highly regarded legislative internships, our program offers Washington students the opportunity to gain paid work experience and study the state legislative process up close.
Apply now for the 2017 Internship! 

Priority Deadline: October 10, 2016, 11:59pm  
Final Deadline: October 18, 2016, 8:00pm

During the internship, which takes place in winter quarter or spring semester, interns work for members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate. Interns work alongside legislative staff to learn first-hand about public policy, build real-world professional skills, and serve the citizens of Washington State. 

Interns are placed with legislators' offices and work in Olympia as full-time staff while the Legislature is in session (January through March or April every year).

The Legislative Internship is a paid, full time (40 hours per week) commitment.  The internship must be taken for undergraduate academic credit at a four-year college or university. Credit amounts and other academic requirements are determined by the school. Washington college juniors and seniors of any age and any major are eligible to apply.

Intern Duties
Interns are matched with the offices of legislators or caucus staff based on their skills and interests.  All interns share these basic responsibilities and may take on a variety of special projects.
  • Conduct legislative research and summarize issues in short policy memos
  • Attend committee hearings and legislative meetings
  • Correspond with constituents, lobbyists, and state agencies via phone, email, and meetings
  • Track legislation
  • Draft letters, resolutions, talking points, press releases, and newsletters
  • Assist with daily office tasks
  • Participate in intern classes, workshops, and policy exercises
  • Maintain professional, non-partisan conduct