Since 1971 the Washington State Legislature has sponsored the Legislative Intern program for Washington State college students. Interns spend Winter Quarter in Olympia while the legislature is in session and work under the supervision of the House and Senate Intern Coordinators.
Interns may be assigned to individual legislators in the House or the Senate, to committees, or to an "intern pool" to work for more than one legislator. Ordinarily an intern will be assigned first to the House or the Senate and then to a specific position. Interns usually spend the entire quarter in either the House or the Senate.
Interns directly experience the legislative process through their work assignment. They are expected to perform a variety of tasks:
- Research and writing reports on specific issues
- Tracking legislation
- Attending committee hearings
- Assisting with preparing and mailing newsletters
- Responding to constituent inquiries by phone or mail
- General office work
- Undergraduate students in any discipline are eligible to apply
- Junior standing (89 credits completed) by the end of Fall Quarter, you are not eligible if you graduate before Winter Quarter.
- Minimum GPA of 2.75, students with a lower GPA may apply based on other experience and qualifications
- Completion of two Political Science classes or equivalent demonstrated political knowledge
- Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, e-mail and internet use
In the past, a stipend was provided to interns to supplement costs above those normally associated with on-campus living. Due to budget cuts the stipend may or may not be in effect.
Interns are responsible for housing arrangements. Olympia Intern Coordinators may be able to assist you in finding housing.
The House and Senate Intern Coordinators set dress standards for interns which must be followed. Interns are expected to dress professionally.
More information is available on the Washington State Legislature's website.