Washington State Legislative Internships

Winter 2017 and Spring 2017 quarters

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One year of interdisciplinary study.

Taking advantage of Evergreen's proximity to the capital of Washington State, this internship presents the opportunity to observe first hand the development of public policy in that arena. Drawing from the social sciences and systems and change theory, students explore the evolving systems of law, regulation, and governance. Students will learn about proposed legislation on a variety of issues. They will reflect on the dynamics of the legislative process as a means for making change.

Each student will work as an intern with a legislator and her or his staff for a regular forty-hour work week during the 2017 legislative session. Intensive staff-apprenticeship activities include conducting legislative research, drafting policy and other documents, bill tracking, and constituent communications. Responsibilities also include attendance at guest presentations, seminars, workshops on budget, and media panels.

Students accepted as legislative interns will develop an internship learning contract, profiling legislative responsibilities and linkages to their academic development.

Each intern will keep a weekly journal that is submitted to the faculty sponsor on a regular basis and a portfolio of all materials related to legislative work submitted upon faculty request. During regular in-capitol seminars, Evergreen interns will confer with colleagues and the faculty sponsor to address challenges and reflect upon their experiences. Each intern will translate his or her activities in the internship into analytic and reflective writing about what they are learning and implications of the work by producing a minimum of three short essays per quarter. Students will also write a self-evaluation at the end of each quarter. At the conclusion of the legislative session during spring quarter, interns will produce a substantial integrative essay, and meet with colleagues in person to review and reflect upon their legislative internship experience.

Students are encouraged to serve as interns over both winter and spring quarters. In winter quarter, interns will have a Legislative Internship Contract for 16 credits; for spring quarter, students can develop an 8-credit Legislative Internship Contract and augment it with another 8-credit project or program involving specific post-session research and writing. Student performance for the two-quarter internship is evaluated by the faculty sponsor, field supervisors and legislative office staff.

Program Details

Fields of Study

government law and public policy

Preparatory For

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


Winter Signature Spring Closed

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Off-Campus Location

Interns work 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on assignment at the State Capitol. Seminars and other meetings with faculty and intern colleagues will be scheduled on the State Capitol Campus.

Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Interns work 8:00 am to 5:00 pm assignment at the State Capitol. Seminars and other meetings with faculty and intern colleagues will be scheduled during that work week.

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

May be offered again in



2016-01-07New Opportunity Added