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Applications for the 2015 internship closed on October 17, 2014. 

Application Instructions

  1. Follow the process required by your school to arrange for credit and a faculty sponsor.  You must meet all internal application requirements and deadlines set by your institution. Visit the School Policies page to find your school's requirements and contacts.
  2. Request letters of recommendation from one academic and one personal or professional reference:
    • 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.
    • 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 as a reference (even if you have worked for them).

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.

  1. Prepare a résumé and cover letter describing your work, volunteer, and academic experience, demonstrating why you meet the qualifications for the internship.
  2. Prepare a personal essay on the following prompt: Explain your interest in state government and how the Legislative Internship fits in with your educational and career goals. Your essay should not exceed one double-spaced page.
  3. Complete the online application (available during the application period from August-October). Upload your résumé, cover letter, and essay. 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.

    All application materials must be received by October 17, 2014 to ensure consideration.  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 notified in late October of their interview date and time.  Most interviews are conducted on your school campus in November.

    Your application will be considered by both the House and Senate programs.  Please contact the internship coordinators at civic.ed@leg.wa.gov with questions about the process or refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

    Paula Rehwaldt
    House Internship Coordinator
    (360) 786-7993
    Emily McCartan
    Senate Internship Coordinator
    (360) 786-7016

    The Washington State Legislature is an equal opportunity employer. Persons needing assistance with the application process or who need the application in an alternative format should contact the coordinators.



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