Taking advantage of Evergreen's proximity to the state capital, this internship presents the opportunity for students on the Olympia, Tacoma, and Native-Based campuses to observe firsthand the development of public policy in the legislative arena. Students will learn about proposed legislation on a variety of contemporary issues facing the state of Washington. They will learn about and 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 their staff for a regular 40-hour work week during the 2022 legislative session. Intensive staff-apprenticeship activities may include conducting legislative research, drafting policy and other documents, bill tracking, and constituent communications. Interns are included in opportunities created by legislative program staff such as attending guest presentations, field trips, workshops on the state budget, shadowing public policy leaders, and attending media panels. Students also participate in mock floor debates with interns from across the state.
Students accepted as legislative interns will develop an internship learning contract profiling legislative responsibilities and linkages to their academic development. They will read Jill Lepore's (2018) These Truths: A History of the United States and write several short reflection papers. During regular in-capitol seminars, interns will meet together with faculty to share observations of the legislative process, address challenges, consider their work in the larger context of U.S. history, and discuss contemporary issues. At the conclusion of the quarter, each intern will produce an integrative essay reflecting on their experiences and the implications of their learning upon their future civic engagement.
Student performance for the internship is evaluated by the faculty sponsor, field supervisors, and legislative office staff.
Students applying to become interns for the 2022 Washington state legislative session must complete the online application process in early October 2021. This process includes the application, a transcript summary sheet, a personal essay, a letter of reference from faculty (discussing research and writing skills), and a personal reference (character, work habits). 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 will 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. Academic Advising and the Career Development Center will offer small group mock interviews to the first 20 applicants. Contact Academic Advising for more information.
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State government, community non-profit work
|2021-12-03||Cali Ellis is now the faculty sponsor for this internship program (was Nancy Koppelman)|