State Legislative Internship Programs and Coordinators

8/20/2019

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

Note: Internships with NCSL are posted to the Jobs Clearinghouse as they become available. Please contact Shasta Stephens about internships with NCSL. NCSL does not coordinate or provide additional information about internships in state legislatures. You must contact the internship coordinator in your state.

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.  Email contacts are available where listed.  Please send any updates for this file to Holly South.

The box allows you to conduct a full text search or type the state name.

Legislative Internship Programs
State Websites and Contacts

Alabama

Legislative Internship Program

Contact
Teresa Norman

Alaska

Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program

Contact
Glenn D. Wright
Assistant Professor of Government and Statewide Program Coordinator
Political Science, University of Alaska Southeast
907-796-6115

Arizona

Arizona Legislature

Contact
Jenna Lyon
Intern Coordinator
Arizona Legislature
 

Arizona State University

Contact
Diana O'Dell
Intern Coordinator
Arizona House of Representatives

Arkansas

 

California

Assembly Chief Clerk's Legislative Internship Program

Legislative Analyst Office Summer Internships

Capital Fellows Program
Introductory Video


Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program

Contact
Pam Chueh
Director, Assembly Fellowship Program
Center for California Studies
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081
916-278-6906


Senate Fellows Programs, Center for California Studies, California State University, Sacramento

Contact
Jamie Taylor
Director
Center for California Studies | Sacramento State
State Capitol, Room 415

Sacramento, CA 95814
Office: 916-278-6906 | 916-651-4950

Sacramento Semester Internship Program, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento
Contact

Professor Maria Sampanis
Director


UC Center—Sacramento Internship Program

Contact
Erika Peters
Internship Director
University of California Center Sacramento
1130 K St., LL22
Sacramento, CA  95814
916-445-5533
Main Office: 916-445-5100
 

California Council on Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program

Contact
Dr. Amber Mace
Interim Executive Director
916-492-0996

Colorado

Colorado General Assembly Office of Legislative Legal Services: Internship Program

Contact
Jery Payne
Internship Coordinator
 

Colorado State University Legislative Internship Program

Contact
Dr. Robert Duffy

National Conference of State Legislatures

Contact

Shasta Stephens

Connecticut

Legislative Internship Program
Facebook page

Contact
Lisa Roy
Director
Phone: 860-240-0520
Fax: 860-240-0122

Delaware

Legislative Fellows Program

Contact
Lisa Moreland

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
 

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

Florida

Florida House of Representatives Legislative Internship Program
Contact
Hope L. Holt
Program Specialist & Intern Program Coordinator
House of Representatives
 

Florida Senate Internship Program
Contact
JoAnn Poole
Office of the Senate President - Administration
850-487-5636 or SC 277-5636

Georgia

Georgia Legislative Intern Program (GLIP)
Contacts
Michelle Sloan
House Intern/Aide Manager

Georgia House of Representatives

205-J Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.
404-656-0306

Stacy Peery              
Senate Intern/Aide Director

Georgia Senate
330 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-463-1308

Dr. Amy Steigerwalt
Director, GLIP
Dept. of Political Science, Georgia State University
1038 Langdale Hall, 38 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-413-6182

Hawaii

Hawaii State Legislature Internship Program 

University of Hawaii - Manoa

Idaho

Idaho Legislative Session Internship Program
Boise State University Department of Political Science

Contact
Dr. Justin Vaughan 

1910 University Drive
Boise, ID  83725-1935
208-426-2515

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

Indiana

Senate Internships

House of Representatives Internships

Contact
Kelly Poduch
Internship Director
Indiana House of Representatives
317-232-9834

Iowa

Legislative Page Program 

Senate Democrats

Kansas

Kansas Legislative Internship Program

Contact
Catherine Gunsalus
Office of the Speaker Pro Tem

Topeka Internship Program

University of Kansas Department of Political Science

Contact
Professor Burdett Loomis

Kentucky

Legislative Research Commission Legislative Intern Program
Contact
Sheila Mason
LRC Intern Coordinator
502-564-8100 ext. 786

Legislative Research Commission Graduate Fellows Program

Contact
Teresa Arnold
Deputy Director for Research and Communications
502-564-8100 ext. 367

Kentucky Legislative Internship Program

Contact
Professor Tiffany Barnes
Internship Director
1629 Patterson Office Tower
Department of Political Science
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
859-257-4895

Louisiana

 

Maine

State Government Summer Internship Program

Maryland

General Assembly Legislative Intern Program
Contact

Student Programs 

410-946-5120 | 1-800-492-7122

Massachusetts

Legislative Internships

Contacts
Anne Ziaja
Executive Director
Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement
617-722-1380

Rita Noonan
Deputy Director
Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement
617-722-1380

Michigan

Senate

Internship Positions

House of Representatives

Contact
Kaley Mae Rahl
Intern Coordinator
House Human Resources
517-373-3069

Minnesota

House of Representatives

Senate Internship Contact
John Trombley
Assistant Director, Senate Information
Internship Coordinator

Legislature | Links for Youth

Mississippi

 

Missouri

House Internship Program

Kristal Hall, Intern Ombudsman
House Administration
573-522-6855

Representative Sara Walsh, Internship Coordinator
573-751-2134

Representative Kip Kendrick, Internship Coordinator
573-751-4189

June Cardwell, Legislative Assistant

Montana

Legislative Audit Division Internship Program

Contact
Angus Maciver, Legislative Auditor

Nebraska

 

Nevada

Legislative Internship Program

University of Nevada, Reno

Contact
Professor Eric Herzik

New Hampshire

Senate Internship Program
Nancy Nolin, Intern Supervisor

New Jersey

Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University Fellowship Program

Eagleton Institute Contact
Sarah Kozak
848-932-8760

Legislative Services Contact
Michael Feld
609-847-3880

New Mexico

Legislative Internship Program

Contact
Jeret Fleetwood

New York

State Assembly Internships

Kathleen W. McCarty, Director
518-455-4704

State Senate Student Programs

Nicholas Parrella, Director
518-455-2611

New New York Leaders Student Intern Program

Student Intern Program Staff
518-473-9945

North Carolina

State of North Carolina Internship Program

Contact
Candace Dudley 
919-807-4407

Senate Internships

Sherry Pearson, Assistant Director/Intern Supervisor
Office of Senate Legislative Assistants
919-733-5649

House Internships
Julie Lisella, Director of Constituent Services

North Dakota

Legislative Branch Internships

Contact
Samantha Kramer
Counsel
Intern Coordinator for partnership with the University of North Dakota School of Law 
701-328-2916

Ohio

House of Representatives Volunteer Internships 

Contact
Jennifer Tock
614-466-0892

Legislative Service Commission:  LSC Legislative Fellowship Program

Contact
Tynita M. White
Coordinator

Kent State University Columbus Program in State Issues
Contact

Honorable Vernon Sykes, Director
330-672-8948

Oklahoma

House of Representatives Legislative Internship Program
Contact

Jennifer Shockley
Human Resources Manager

405-557-7423

Senate Page and Intern Program

Contact
Cathey Jo Warner
Intern and Page Program Coordinator

405-521-5661

Oregon

Legislative Intern Program Application

Contact
Aimee Steketee
Internship Coordinator
503-986-1371

Pennsylvania

House of Representatives

Contact
Jesse Teitelbaum, Programs Coordinator

717-787-4458

State Government Employment Resource Guide

Rhode Island

State Government Internship Program

Contact
Bea Lanzi
Director
State House Room 8AA
Providence, RI 02903
401-222-6782

South Carolina

Contact

Jeffrey S. Gossett
Clerk of the Senate
803- 212-6200
803-212-6299

University of South Carolina

Contacts

Department of Political Science Internship Program

Dr. David Darmofal, Internship Director 

Honors College South Carolina Semester

Julie Hutt, Director of Internship Programs

803-777-1180

South Dakota

Legislative Intern Information

Contact
Fred Baatz, Legislative Research Council Intern Coordinator

Tennessee

Legislative Internship Program

Contact
Shirley Frierson
Director

615-741-3299

Texas

Texas Legislative Internship Program

University of Houston
Civic Houston Internship

Hobby School of Public Affairs Fellows Program
Graduate College of Social Work Legislative Internship Program

University of Texas-San Antonio Legislative Scholars Program

 Utah

Utah State Legislature Intern Program

Contact

Ryan Hunter, Intern Coordinator

University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics Legislative Internships

Utah State University Institute of Government and Politics Internship Program

Vermont

 

Virginia

House of Delegates Internship Program
Contact
Anna Hanback, Human Resources Director

Senate Internship Program
Contact

Nathan Hatfield, Assistant Clerk of the Senate

Washington

Legislative Internship Program

House Undergraduate Internship
Contact

Leo O'Leary
House Graduate/Legal Internship
Contact

Jim Morishima

Senate Undergraduate Internship
Contact

Colleen Rust

Senate Graduate/Legal Internship
Contact

Curt Gavigan

West Virginia

Legislature Internship Program

Graduate Student Program
Contact

Sam Gray

Undergraduate Student Program
Contact

Sara DeBarr

Journalism Student Program
Contact

William Thomas

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Assembly Democrats Internship

Wisconsin Senate Democrats Internship 

Contact
Cathlene Hanaman

Wyoming

Wyoming Legislative Internship Program
Contact
Anthony Sara
Legislative Support Manager
Wyoming Legislative Service Office
307-777-7881

U.S. Territories and Canada

U.S. Territories and Canada

American Samoa

Currently, there are no formal or informal legislative internship programs.

Canada

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia Internship Program

 

Ontario Legislature Internship Programme

 

Quebec National Assembly Internships

 

Parliament of Canada - Youth and Internship Programs

Guam

Currently, there are no formal or informal legislative internship programs.

Puerto Rico

Office of Legislative Services Internship Programs

Virgin Islands

Currently, there are no formal or informal legislative internship programs.

 

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