Washington State Legislative Internships

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Winter 2019 and Spring 2019 quarters

Taught by

systems theory (variety of disciplines)

Taking advantage of Evergreen's proximity to the capital of Washington state, this internship presents the opportunity to observe firsthand 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 contemporary policy 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 40-hour work week during the 2019 legislative session. Internships during the legislature's 105-day session are full-time but may be taken for either one academic quarter or two, winter or winter/spring. Juniors as well as seniors are encouraged to apply for the internship.

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 regularly 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 the quarter. At the conclusion of the legislative session, interns will produce a substantial integrative essay and meet with colleagues in person to review and reflect upon their legislative internship experience.

Student performance for the internship is evaluated by the faculty sponsor, field supervisors, and legislative office staff.

Program Details

Fields of Study

government law and public policy leadership studies

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

Students work on the state capitol campus in legislators' offices.

Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Interns meet with Evergreen faculty and internship peers on alternating weeks on the capitol campus. Time tbd.

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online