Legislative internships open to all majors

10 Oct

Washington State Legislative Internship Program, Winter Quarter 2012
Open to Juniors and Seniors from ALL majors. Submit applications to the Pol S Advising Office in 215 Smith Hall by Monday, October 24th.

Program
Interns spend Winter Quarter working in Olympia as staff for members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate. In addition to their office work, interns participate in weekly seminars and workshops. The seminars include meeting with state officials, as well as panel discussions. In the workshops, interns take part in a budget exercise, mock hearing, and mock floor debate. They learn parliamentary procedure and how to write for the Legislature. Additionally, interns have the opportunity to shadow an elected official or administrator of a state agency and learn about his/her job.

Compensation and Credit
Interns receive monthly compensation to offset the expenses associated with the internship and academic credit from the University of Washington. During their internship, UW students will be enrolled in POL S 497 for 15 credits and will attend a seminar course taught by a UW faculty member.

Duties
*Conducting legislative research
*Bill tracking
*Attending hearings and meetings
*Corresponding with constituents
*Office duties

Requirements
Strong applicants will have:
*A strong desire to learn about public policy and legislative process
*Good written and oral communication skills
*Strong analytical and research skills
*Strong work ethic
*Mature judgment
*Ability to handle a fast-paced environment

For more information, see:
polsadvc@uw.edu

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