About the Internship
The Kansas Legislature will have internships available for the 2016 Legislative Session. Any student who is enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary education institution and will be earning credit for their learning experience or is making academic progress in their educational course of study is eligible to apply. No specific major is required, but strong oral and written communication skills, and a basic understanding of government and the legislative process, are helpful.
Internships will begin on the first day of the 2016 Legislative Session and end in April. Each intern will be assigned to a specific legislator by the Intern Coordinator. Placements are based upon applicant’s experience, partisan preference and interests. Interns are required to attend a minimum of 12 days during the legislative session. Specific hours required for the internship will be agreed upon by the intern and his/her assigned legislator. Course credit for the internship will be determined by each intern and his/her respective educational advisor and may have additional requirements. Legislative internships are non-paid positions; however, legislative interns who complete program requirements are eligible for up to $600 in mileage reimbursement.
Goals and Expectations
The combination of each intern’s expectations, interests and legislator assignment produces a unique experience; however, each intern can expect to gain experience in these areas:
Legislative Support: Responsibilities include attending committee and caucus meetings, researching issues, and tracking legislation.
Constituent Services: Responsibilities include drafting letters, researching constituent concerns or requests, and preparing material for weekly newsletters.
Office Support: Responsibilities include filing, answering the phone, preparing mail, and welcoming visitors from the district. Generally, the legislator’s secretary is responsible for these duties; however, on occasion interns will be expected to help.
Benefits of Serving as an Intern
Experience state government on a first hand basis.
Earn course credit from your college/university.
Gain valuable work experience for a future career.
Further develop research and communication skills.
Make contacts for other internships, government jobs, political organizations or campaigns.