About the Internship: Work and Learn in Olympia
One of the country's most highly regarded legislative internships, our program offers students the opportunity to gain professional, paid work experience and study the legislative process at the state level. 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 while earning academic credit from their schools. 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). In addition to their office work, interns take part in hands-on activities including training in legislative ethics, writing and research, a budget exercise, mock committee hearings and floor debate, and a job shadow at a state agency. Interns also participate in seminars and workshops with state officials, policymakers, journalists, and lobbyists, offering networking opportunities and a global view of the political process.
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.
Applications for the 2015 internship closed on October 17, 2014.
Conduct legislative research
Attend committee hearings and legislative meetings
Correspond with constituents and state agencies
Draft letters, resolutions, talking points, press releases, and newsletters
Assist with daily office tasks
Participate in intern classes, workshops, and policy exercises
Meet with your academic advisor and your school's designated internship coordinators prior to applying. Applicants must follow their school's internal process to ensure credit eligibility.
Applications are open from August 11 - October 17, 2014. Applications are received jointly by the House and Senate.
Selected candidates are interviewed in October and November by both House and Senate internship coordinators.
Hiring decisions are made and applicants are notified by December 1.
Interns are placed with individual legislators' offices after hiring decisions are complete.
Career and academic advisors: contact us to request electronic or hard copies of internship materials for your campus.