TPOLS 497: Political Internship in State Government

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Each winter quarter, the Washington State Legislature offers paid internships to undergraduates with junior or senior standing. Chosen through an application and interview process conducted by the Legislature, interns spend the quarter working with members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate and their staff.

Typically, interns perform legislative research, track bills and conduct constituent correspondence. They also have the opportunity to attend committee hearings and meetings, and interact with staff and legislators. Interns also participate in academic seminars and workshops with state officials and engage in panel discussions, mock hearings, floor debate and budget exercises. In addition to learning parliamentary procedure and how to write for the legislature, interns have the opportunity to shadow an elected official or state administrator for a day to learn about his or her job.

If selected for this internship, students enroll in TPOLS 497 for 15 credits. For PP&E and Law and Policy majors, TPOLS 497 will meet the capstone requirement.

Applications for this internship are due mid-October. If selected, interns begin working at the Capitol the first week of January. In addition to the work performed as part of the internship, students undertake academic work as well—including writing a policy research paper and maintaining a weekly log of internship experiences.

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For more information, please contact Katie Baird.

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