Washington State Legislature Legislative Intern Program 

Title: The Legislative Intern Program 

Salary Range: Not Known

Consideration Date: October 10, 2017

Brief Description:

The Legislative Intern Program offers the opportunity to Washington College Students to gain paid work experience while studying the state legislative. During the internship, which takes place in winter quarter or spring semester, interns work for members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate while earning academic credit from their schools. Interns work alongside legislative staff to learn first-hand about public policy, build real-world professional skills, and serve the citizens of Washington State.

Hosted By:

The Washington State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Washington. It is a bipartisan, bicameral body, composed of the lower Washington House of Representatives, composed of 98 Representatives, and the upper Washington State Senate, with 49 Senators plus the Lieutenant Governor acting as President. The state is divided into 49 legislative districts, each of which elects one senator and two representatives.


The list of eligibility criteria are given below:

  • Attending a four-year college or university in Washington State OR Washington State resident attending an out-of-state college
  • Junior or senior status in good academic standing
  • Able to receive academic credit for the internship (see Policies and check with your advisor or career office for your school’s requirements)

Desired Skills and Selection Criteria:

  • Excellent writing abilities (clear, professional, error-free writing)
  • Analytical and research skills, especially in prioritizing and concisely summarizing complex information
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills in working with both colleagues and the public
  • Professional work ethic and independent time management skills
  • Flexibility and positive attitude about working in a fast-paced environment
  • Mature judgment and commitment to following all legislative ethics laws
  • Interest in learning about public policy and the legislative process
  • Prior political experience or political science background is not necessary!

How to Apply:

In order to apply for the internship program applicants must complete the application process by the given link:


Supporting Documents:

Have the following ready before you complete this application.

  • Cover letter explaining how you meet the internship qualifications
  • Resume
  • One-page personal essay
  • Unofficial university transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation: one faculty reference and one professional or personal (non-relative) reference

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