Legislative Internship Program
Application Instructions for 2016 Internship
October 6, 2015 - Priority Deadline
October 16, 2015 - Final Deadline
All applications received by October 16 will be considered for interview selection. Applicants who submit by the October 6 priority deadline are not guaranteed an interview but will be considered first for interview slots available to students from their school.
Follow the process required by your school to arrange for credit and a faculty sponsor. You are responsible for meeting all internal application requirements and deadlines set by your institution. Visit the
School Policies page to find your school's requirements and contacts.
Request letters of recommendation from one academic and one personal or professional reference:
Send your references the link to the
Internship Reference Form to upload their letters of recommendation (www.leg.wa.gov/Internships/Pages/InternReference.aspx). Letters are kept confidential. If your references enter your email address in the form, you will receive an email automatically when the letter is submitted.
The academic reference should be from a faculty member who can speak to your writing and research abilities and your general academic performance. It does not need to be from your faculty sponsor. TAs and community college faculty are acceptable references.
The personal or professional reference should be from someone who has worked with you and knows you well, such as an employer, coach, advisor, church or scouting leader, volunteer manager, or someone in a similar role who can speak to your character, work ethic, and interpersonal skills. Please do not use a family member or personal friend as a reference.
Obtain an electronic copy of your unofficial transcript from your current college or university. If you are a transfer student and have not yet completed a full quarter or semester at your current school, please submit a copy of your most recent transcript from your previous school. We require transcripts to verify your academic status. We do not have a minimum GPA cutoff. Evergreen students only: please submit the summary of your attempted/earned credits, NOT your full transcript.
Prepare a résumé and cover letter describing your work, volunteer, and academic experience, demonstrating why you meet the qualifications for the internship.
Choose ONE of the following prompts and write a one-page personal essay responding to it. Essays should be well-edited, professional in tone, and tell us something about who you are as a person. Do not use your essay to take a stand on a political issue or summarize your résumé.
- What does good citizenship mean to you?
- What is a book or an idea that has had an impact on your thinking?
- Describe a time when you had to compromise.
Complete the online application and upload your transcript and written materials. Your cover letter, résumé, and essay should be saved as a single document to upload. Submit! Please note that the application form will not allow you to submit until all materials are complete, so make sure that your documents are prepared and ready to upload before you begin the application. (Again, letters of reference are submitted separately by your recommenders.)
All application materials must be received by 7:00pm October 16, 2015 to ensure consideration. Applications completed by October 6, 2015 will receive priority consideration for interview selection.
In reviewing applications, we look closely at clarity and correctness of writing, so be sure that your materials are proofread and represent your best work. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted in late October about interview date and time. Most interviews are conducted on or near your school campus in October and November.
Your application will be considered by both the House and Senate programs. Please contact the internship coordinators at
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the process or refer to our
Frequently Asked Questions.
House Internship Coordinator
Senate Internship Coordinator
The Washington State Legislature is an equal opportunity employer. Please contact the coordinators if you need assistance with the application process or need the application in an alternative format.