Washington State Legislative Internship Program Information Sessions

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For all interested undergraduate students-

Each January the Washington State Legislature welcomes a cohort of passionate, inquisitive, and hardworking juniors and seniors to serve as non-partisan legislative staff.  This is a full-time, five-days-a-week internship lasting through the whole of Winter quarter 2022.

Applications for the Winter 2022 internship are already open with a priority deadline of October 15, 2021 and a final deadline of October 20, 2021. Students must be enrolled juniors or seniors, in good academic standing, and receiving academic credit for the internship.

The Coordinators for the Internship Program will be offering Zoom-based information sessions for any interested students on September 23rd and October 1st.  There will be five half-hour long sessions on each day.  Just choose the time that works and click on the Zoom link for that day when that session is about to start

Zoom Link for September 23rd Information Sessions
September 23, 930-10:00AM
September 23, 1030-1100AM
September 23, 100-130PM
September 23, 200-230PM
September 23, 300-330PM

Zoom Link for October 1st Information Sessions
October 1, 930-10:00AM
October 1, 1030-1100AM
October 1, 100-130PM
October 1, 200-230PM
October 1, 300-330PM

In addition to earning academic credit, interns engage as part of a team, helping solve real world problems for the citizens of Washington. These interactions provide one-of-a-kind insights into the events and legislation that impact our state every day.

The Legislative Internship Program offers unparalleled access to Washington’s most influential leaders and policy makers, professional development to build transferable skills, and hands-on simulations to learn all aspects of the legislative process. This experience will encourage you to learn quickly, think critically, and develop professionally as you forge lifelong connections in public policy.

Political experience is not necessary, and students of all majors are encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and political ideologies who are active leaders, engaged in campus communities, and excited to learn about government while gaining practical job skills. Whether your interest is in law, business, communications, environmental policy, public health, or elsewhere, there is a place for you as legislative intern. Interns are matched with legislators in the House of Representatives or the Senate based on interest areas and political ideology. The program also has opportunities for interns to serve as caucus staff, focusing on policy or communications.

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The contact person for the Washington State Legislative Internship Program in the University of Washington-Seattle is Mark Weitzenkamp (weitzen@uw.edu).  Feel free to reach out with questions, particularly about how the credit requirement is fulfilled at UW-Seattle.

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