Washington State Legislative Internships

Winter 2016 quarter

Taught by

U.S. history


one year of interdisciplinary study. Tacoma Program students must complete two quarters of studies at the Tacoma campus before qualifying for this internship.

This is an opportunity to explore the broad conditions that shape legislation. We will examine models, evidence, and debates about the sources, causal connections, and impacts of evolving systems of law, regulation, governance, and a broad array of community response. Each student will be learning through work as an intern with a legislator and her or his staff. This will involve intensive staff-apprenticeship activities, especially legislative research and draft development, bill tracking, and constituent correspondence.

Each student accepted as an intern will develop an internship learning contract, profiling legislative responsibilities and linkages to academic development.

In regular in-capitol seminars, each student intern will translate her or his activities in the Legislature into analytic and reflective writing about the challenges, learning, and implications of the work. Students will make presentations about their learning and participate in various workshops. Each intern will keep a journal, submitted to the faculty sponsor on a regular basis, and a portfolio of all materials related to legislative work. Drawing broadly from the social sciences, we will explore relationships between elected officials, legislative staff, registered lobbyists, non-governmental organizations, citizen activists, and district constituents. Students will learn through a range of approaches: responsibilities in an 8:00-5:00 workweek, guest presentations, seminars, workshops on budget, media panels, and job-shadowing regional officials and activists of choice. Interns will participate in a final mock hearing floor debate on current legislative issues.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

community studies, government, law, political science, public interest advocacy, public policy, and social issues.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

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Internship Required

A 12-16 credit, full-time internship of 40 hours per week at legislative offices during winter quarter is required. Students must complete an in-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising. Please go to Individual Study for more information.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Signature Required

Students applying to become interns for the 2016 Washington State Legislative session in the fall of 2015 must complete the online application process, which includes the application, a personal essay, a letter of reference from faculty (discussing research and writing skills), and a personal reference (character, work-habits) in October 2015. More information on the application process is available online ( www.leg.wa.gov/internships ). Applicants will be interviewed in person and assessed through a writing exercise. Internships will be awarded by the Capitol Senate and House of Representatives Education Program staff, and students be informed of acceptance by late November. Information sessions with past interns and staff will be held on the Olympia and Tacoma campuses in May and in early October. Check for dates and locations ( http://www.evergreen.edu/advising/advisingworkshops#leg ).

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 20115
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 20116
Jr - Sr (16 credits): 20117
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 20118

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