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Emily McCartan
Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2018

The Washington State Senate and House of Representatives hires 60-70 college students every year to work in Olympia as full-time, paid non-partisan staff during the annual Legislative Session from January-March. Interns receive firsthand knowledge of the legislative process and training in office work, customer service, public policy, negotiation, government relations, and professional writing. All majors are encouraged to apply. Communications and other specialized placements are available. In addition to their office duties, interns participate in academic seminars, shadowing experiences, and workshops with policymakers from all sectors of state government. Interns must be current juniors or seniors at a Washington State college or university and able to earn credit for the internship.

Strong applicants have a desire to learn about public policy and the legislative process; excellent written and oral communications skills; solid analytical and research skills; professional work ethic; mature judgment; and ability to handle a fast-paced environment.

More information on requirements can be found on the webpage at:

Evergreen Students MUST enroll in Winter 2018 Legislative Internship Program:

• Attending a four-year college or university in Washington State OR Washington State resident attending an out-of-state college
• JUNIOR or SENIOR status
• Able to receive academic credit for the internship
• Interest in learning about public policy and the legislative process
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Good analytical and research skills
• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
• Professional work ethic
• Flexibility and positive attitude
• Mature judgment and commitment to following all legislative ethics laws
• Ability to handle a fast-paced environment
• Prior political experience is not necessary

Please visit 2017-2018 Academic Catalog for complete description of program details and prerequisites for course –

Priority Deadline: October 10, 2017
Final Deadline: October 18, 2017

A link to the application and application deadlines can be found on the Internship website at:

Application Documents:
-Online application form
-Cover letter explaining how you meet the internship qualifications
-One-page personal essay (must choose ONE of the prompts listed on application site)
-Unofficial university transcript (Evergreen students only: please submit the summary of your attempted/earned credits, NOT your full transcript.)
-Two letters of recommendation: one faculty reference and one professional or personal (non-relative) reference

All applications and supporting materials (cover letter, résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a one page essay based on the prompt found on the application) MUST be submitted electronically.

NOTE: Applicants will be interviewed in person and assessed through a writing exercise. Internships will be awarded by the Capitol Senate and House of Representatives Education Program staff, and students be informed of acceptance by late November. Interns are placed with individual legislators’ offices after hiring decisions are finalized.

Please contact Evergreen Academic and Career Advising for additional information or assistance with application – #360-867-6312 – Library Building – Second Floor – #2153.

Posting Information

Off Campus
Olympia, WA
Administration Positions – Business/Public Administration, State Positions – Government
Full Time Job, Internship – Paid
Junior, Senior
All Subject Areas

Linked Contact Information

PO Box 40482
360 786 7016
360 786 7035