Washington State Legislative Internships

Winter 2020
Junior - Senior
Class Size: 14
16 Credits per quarter
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Taking advantage of Evergreen's proximity to the state capital, this internship presents the opportunity to observe firsthand the development of public policy in the legislative 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 issues facing the state of Washington. 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 their staff for a regular 40-hour work week during the 2020 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. Each intern will keep a weekly journal that is submitted to the faculty sponsor periodically and a portfolio of materials related to legislative work submitted upon faculty request. During regular in-capitol seminars, Evergreen interns will meet together with faculty to share observations of the legislative process, address challenges, discuss contemporary issues. At the conclusion of the quarter, interns will produce an integrative essay reflecting on their experience and the implications of their learning upon their future civic engagement. Students will also write a self-evaluation. 

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

Olympia students use CRN 20248 (16 credits) or 20249 (variable credit), Tacoma students use CRN 20250 (16 credits) or 20251 (variable credit).


Enrollment Conditions

Signature required.  Student applicants to the Legislative Internship program must complete the online application process in early October 2017. Applications are available online at  http://www1.leg.wa.gov/internships  and are due, complete for the 2018 session, by the last Friday in October, to be addressed to the Office of Academic Advising, L2153. Internships will be awarded by Capitol Senate and House of Representatives Education Program staff, and students will be informed of acceptance by late November. An information session will be held on campus each spring and in early October. Check with Academic Advising for dates and locations.


One year of interdisciplinary study.

Winter 2020 Registration

Signature Required

Students applying to become interns for the 2020 Washington state legislative session must complete the online application process in early October 2019. 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 Advisor Jean Eberhardt (eberharj@evergreen.edu) for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16): 20248
Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 20249
Jr - Sr (16): 20250
Jr - Sr (1 - 16): 20251

Academic details

Preparatory for studies and careers in

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

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Advertised Schedule

Interns work an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. assignment at the State Capitol. Seminars and other meetings with faculty and intern colleagues will be scheduled during that work week.

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