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States Legislative Internship Programs and Coordinators

States' Legislative Internship Programs and Coordinators

Joyce Johnson 10/20/2013

States' Legislative Internship Programs and Coordinators

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For general questions related to legislative internships, please contact Karl Kurtz, Director of NCSL's Trust for Representative Democracy or Joyce Johnson, or call NCSL (303) 364-7700.

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Last updated  January 28, 2014

Overview

Legislative internships are mutually beneficial because they provide interns with valuable, first-hand experience in the legislative process and they provide state legislatures with bright, enthusiastic people who are excited to learn about the intricate world of public policy.  Although many internships are offered during the summer, others are available year-round. Some offer pay, while others do not, and some entail more responsibility than others, but they all provide the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure to a wide variety of occupations
  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop additional skills
  • Examine career choices
  • Create a network of contacts

Application Procedures

Many internship programs are very competitive, with large numbers of applicants applying for a small number of internships.  It is advisable to start the application process early and pay great attention to detail.  Many internship and fellowship programs require an application, a resumé and several essays. Post-graduate fellowships often seek applicants with strong skills in research, writing and analysis.  Additionally, previous work experience that shows an ability to work well with others and examples of initiative, motivation and enthusiasm should be mentioned in essays and interviews.  Such experiences may include some or all of the following:

  • Volunteer and community activities
  • Leadership roles in student organizations
  • Previous internships and employment

Legislative Internship Programs

The following list of internships provides a comprehensive overview of legislative internship and fellowship opportunities nationwide and in many U.S. territories.  E-mail contacts are available where listed.  Please send any updates for this file to Joyce Johnson.

States

AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | DC | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY

U.S. Territories & Canada

American Samoa | British Columbia | Canada | District of Columbia | Guam | Puerto Rico | Quebec | Virgin Islands

State

Web Sites and Contacts

Alabama

The Alabama Legislative Page Program
www.legislature.state.al.us/misc/guide/student_teacher/page.html

Capital Intern Program Contact
Robert L. McCurley
rmccurle@law.au.edu

Alaska

The Alaska Universities Legislative Internship Program
http://www.uas.alaska.edu/internprogram/

Contact
Clive Thomas
Statewide Program Coordinator
Political Science, University of Alaska Southeast
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-5381
jfcst@uas.alaska.edu

Arizona

Arizona Legislature
http://www.azleg.gov/internshipintropage.htm

Contacts
Kathi Knox
Intern Coordinator
Arizona Legislature
kknox@azleg.gov

Arizona State University
www.asu.edu/provost/gov_intern/legislature.html

Contact
Diana O'Dell
Intern Coordinator
Arizona House of Representatives
dodell@azleg.gov

Arkansas

Entrepreneurial Arkansas Internship Program
http://gradschool.ualr.edu/entrepreneurial_arkansas.htm

California

The Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program
www.csus.edu/calst/Programs/programs.html

Contact
Pam Chueh, Director
Assembly Fellowship Program, Center for California Studies
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081
(916) 278-6906
pam.chueh@csus.edu

Capital Fellows Programs, Center for California Studies, California State University, Sacramento
www.csus.edu/calst/Programs/programs.html

Contacts
David Pacheco, Director
California Senate Fellows
State Capitol, Room 405
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-651-4160
dpacheco@saclink.csus.edu

Center for California Studies
Sacramento State University
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081
916- 278-5408

Sacramento Semester Internship Program, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento
www.csus.edu/govt/Pages/sacsemester.htm

Contact
Professor Michael Wadle, Director
wadlem@csus.edu
(916) 278-4012

UC Center, Sacramento, Scholar Intern Program
http://uccs.universityofcalifornia.edu/

Contact
Erika Peters, Internship Director
University of California Center Sacramento
1130 K Street, LL22
Sacramento, CA  95814
Direct:  916-445-5533
Main Office:  916-445-5100
Mobile:  916-267-3066
Fax:  916-445-5536
Erika.Peters@ucop.edu

Colorado

Office of Legislative Legal Services:  Internship Program
http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/HTML/internship_program.htm

Contacts
Jery Payne, Internship Coordinator
jery.payne@state.co.us

Michael Dohr, Internship Coordinator
michael.dohr@state.co.us

Connecticut

Legislative Internship Program
http://www.cga.ct.gov/isc/

Contact
Arthur C. Forst Jr., Ph.D
Arthur.Forst@po.state.ct.us

Delaware

Legislative Fellows Program
www.ipa.udel.edu/legfellows/

Contact
Lisa Moreland
lisamk@udel.edu

District of Columbia

Youth Legislative Internship Program (currently in planning stages)

Contacts
Cedric L. Jennings
Director
Office of Youth Programs
Direct Line: 202-724-8161
Fax: 202-347-3070
cjennings@dccouncil.us

Cindy Diggs
Program Manager
Office of Youth Programs
Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20004-3089
Direct Line: 202-727-6132
Fax: 202-347-3070
cdiggs@dccouncil.us

Florida

Legislative Internship Program
Contact
Beverly Broussard
House of Represenatives
beverly.broussard@myfloridahouse.gov

Florida Senate Internship Program
Contact
JoAnn Poole
Office of the Senate President-Administration
(850) 487-5636 or SC 277-5636
poole.joann@flsenate.gov

Georgia

Georgia Legislative Intern Program
http://www.cviog.uga.edu/services/education/glip/index.php

Georgia State University

Hawaii

The House and the Senate participate in an intern program sponsored by the University of Hawaii (UH).  The program is for one semester, which coincides with the legislative session [January thru the beginning of May]. The students are then placed in leadership or committee offices.  Eligible participants must be enrolled at the University of Hawaii for at least one paid semester.

Idaho

Department of Political Science Internship Program
Boise State University

http://polisci.boisestate.edu/intern.shtml

Illinois

Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program
University of Illinois at Springfield

Contact
Barbara Van Dyke-Brown
Director, Legislative Internships and Advocacy Programs
Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies
1 University Plaza, MS PAC 451
Springfield, IL 62703-5407
(217) 206-6579
FAX (217) 206-7397
vandykebrown.barbara@uis.edu

Indiana

Senate Republican Legislative Internship
http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_republicans/internship/

Political Science Internships
Department of Political Science at Indiana University
http://www.iupui.edu/~polisci/intern.htm

Iowa

Legislative Internship Programs

Kansas

Kansas Legislative Internship Program

Contact
Jenna Keesling
Director, Kansas Legislative Intern Program
jennak@house.state.ks.us

Kentucky

The 2012 LRC Legislative Intern Program

LRC Internship Contact
Sheila Mason
sheila.mason@lrc.state.ky.us

Kentucky Legislative Internship Program

Louisiana

Information Pending

Maine

State Government Summer Internship Program
www.umaine.edu/mcsc/MeSGIP.htm

Maryland

General Assembly Internships
Contact

Peggy Schmeltzer
pegs@mlis.state.md.us

Massachusetts

Contacts
Anne Ziaja, Director
Legislative Education Office
(617) 722-1380
Anne.Ziaja@state.ma.us

Susan A. Wojtas
Deputy Director
Legislative Education Office
617-722-1380
Susan.Wojtas@state.ma.us

Michigan

Information Pending

Minnesota

www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/youth/getinvolved.htm

www.house.leg.state.mn.us/edprog/intern.htm

www.house.leg.state.mn.us/edprog/over2p.htm

www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/intern.htm

Senate Internship
Contact

Scott Magnuson
scott.magnuson@senate.leg.state.mn.us

Mississippi

Information Pending

Missouri

Civic Leaders Internship Program
Contact (pending)

Montana

Montana Legislative Council--Legislative Intern Program
http://leg.mt.gov/css/sessions/60th/sessionstudent.asp

Contact Executive Director
Susan Fox
(406) 444-3064
sfox@mt.gov

The Legislative Audit Division Internship Program
http://leg.state.mt.us/textonly/audit/intern-fc.asp

Nebraska

Information Pending

Nevada

Legislative Internships Offered to UNLV Students
www.unlv.edu/News_Bureau/News_Releases/1994/Oct94/INTERN.html

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Senate
Contact
Donna Morin
Intern Supervisor
donna.morin@leg.state.nh.us

New Jersey

The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers
http://www.eagleton.rutgers.edu/Students/HRFellowsProgram.html

Eagleton Institute Contact
John Weingart
johnwein@rci.rutgers.edu

Legislative Services Contact
Hannah Shostack
HShostack@njleg.org

New Mexico

Information Pending

New York

Government Internships
www.oneonta.edu/academics/polsci/interns.html

North Carolina

UNC Institute of Government Summer Intern Program
www.iog.unc.edu/programs/interns/index.html

North Carolina Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office (YAIO)
State Government Internship Program

House Internship
Contact

Patrick Clancy
(919) 733-3451
Clancypatrickc@ncleg.net

Senate Internship
Contact

Joyce Hodge
(919) 733-5649
joyceh@ncleg.net

North Dakota

State Internship Program
http://www.state.nd.us/hrms/hr/intern.htm

Ohio

Legislative Service Commission:  LSC Legislative Fellowship Program
http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/fellowship/default.htm

Columbus Program In intergovernmental Issues:  Internships Linking University Students to Ohio's State Government
http://dept.kent.edu/CPII/

Legislation Clinic Contact
lawlegis@osu.edu

Oklahoma

Legislative Internship
Contact

Fran Little
little@lsb.state.ok.us

Oregon

Legislative Intern Program
www.leg.state.or.us/capinfo/intern.html

Contact
Employee Services
140B State Capitol, Salem, OR 97301
Intern Coordinator
(503) 986-1371

Pennsylvania

House of Representatives

Contact
Michael King
mking@legis.state.pa.us

Rhode Island

State Government Internship Program
www.rilin.state.ri.us/studteaguide/intern.html

Contact
State House Room 8AA
Providence, RI 02903
401-222-6782
401-222-4447 
intern@rilin.state.ri.us

South Carolina

Contacts

Jeffrey S. Gossett
Clerk of the Senate
(803) 212-6200
(803) 212-6299
JSG@scsenate.org

Internship Program
University of South Carolina

John Hazzard
Chief Counsel to President Pro Tempore
jph@scsenate.org

 

South Dakota

Legislative Intern Information
http://legis.state.sd.us/intern/index.htm

Legislative Page Information
http://legis.state.sd.us/page/index.htm

Tennessee

Legislative Internship Program
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/joint/Staff/Intern/intern.htm

Contact
Donna Morgan
Administrator
(615) 741-3299
donna.morgan@capitol.tn.gov

Texas

Information Pending

Contact
Renee Cross
rcross@uh.edu

Utah

Utah State Legislature Intern Program
http://www.le.utah.gov/lrgc/internprogram.htm

The University of Utah provides interns from the Hinckley Institute of Politics
http://www.hinckley.utah.edu/internships/state/index.html

Institute of Political Economy's Internship Program
www.usu.edu/~polisci/inter.htm

Vermont

U. S. Senator Patrick Leahy: Office Internship
www.senate.gov/~leahy/text/office/internship.html

Virginia

Virginia House of Delegates Internship Program
Student Programs-House Internship
Contact
For more information, call 804-698-1497

Senate Internship Program
Contact

Nathan Hatfield
nhatfield@senate.virginia.gov

Washington

Legislative Internship Program
http://www1.leg.wa.gov/internships/

House Undergraduate Internship
Contact

Paula Rehwaldt
Paula.Rehwaldt@leg.wa.gov

House Graduate/Legal Internship
Contact

Chris Cordes
cordes.chris@leg.wa.gov

Senate Undergraduate Internship
Contact

Senate Graduate/Legal Internship
Contact

Judy Rus
Rus.judy@leg.wa.gov


Judi Best
Best.judi@leg.wa.gov

West Virginia

Legislature Internship Program

Graduate Student Program
Contact

Sam Gray
graysa@mail.wvnet.edu

Undergraduate Student Program
Contact

Sara DeBarr
sara@mail.wvnet.edu

Journalism Student Program
Contact

William Thomas
wthomas1@mail.wvnet.edu

Wisconsin

Contact
Cathlene Hanaman
cathlene.hanaman@legis.state.wi.us

Wyoming

Wyoming Legislative Internship Program
http://legisweb.state.wy.us/leginfo/internProgram/internprogram.htm

Contact
Wendy Madsen, Legislative Information Officer
Wyoming Legislative Service Office
Telephone:  307-777-7881
wmadse@state.wy.us

 U.S. Territories & Canada

 

American Samoa

Information Pending

British Columbia

Legislative Internship Program
http://www.leg.bc.ca/info/bclip/index.asp

Canada

Ontario Legislature Internship Program
http://www.angelfire.com/mt/internships/222.htm

Parliament of Canada-Youth and Internship Programs
www.parl.gc.ca/common/AboutParl_Youth.asp?Language=E

Guam

Information Pending

Puerto Rico

Information Pending

Quebec

Information Pending

Virgin Islands

Currently there are no formal or informal legislative internship programs.

Compiled February-June, 2001, NCSL
Posted July 29, 2001
Last updated  November 21, 2012 (updates ongoing)

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