This internship presents the opportunity to observe firsthand the development of public policy in the legislative arena. Students will deepen their understanding of the structure and processes of Washington's Legislative system; they will learn about proposed legislation on current issues facing the state of Washington; and they will learn to analyze policy proposals and political discourse from using theoretical frameworks.
Each student will work as an intern with a legislator and their staff for a regular 40-hour work week during the 2021 legislative session, in an all virtual format. 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. Toward the end of the quarter, students participate in mock floor debates with interns from across the state. Students will also write short responses to assigned readings aimed at strengthen their ability to analyze policy debates from multiple perspectives.
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 seminars, Evergreen interns will meet together with faculty to share observations of the legislative process, address challenges, and apply readings to emergent issues. At the conclusion of the quarter, interns will produce an integrative essay reflecting on their experience and the implications of their learning for 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 20239 (16 credits) or 20240 (variable credit). Tacoma students use CRN 20241 (16 credits) or 20242 (variable credit).
One year of interdisciplinary study.
Students applying to become interns for the 2021 Washington state legislative session must complete the online application process in early October 2020. 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. Check for dates and locations ( http://www.evergreen.edu/advising/advisingworkshops#leg ). Academic Advising and the Career Development Center will offer support to applicants. Contact Academic Advisor Ivana Trottman ( email@example.com) for more information.
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community studies, government, law, political science, public interest advocacy, public policy, and social issues