Career Services

Washington State Legislature Internship

Interns spend a quarter in Olympia as staff for members of the House of Representatives or the Senate. In addition to their office work, interns, participate in seminars, classes, training, and shadowing. Students will earn academic credit.

"Each year we actively recruit at the University of Washington Bothell for the students... We value the maturity, academic strength, and self motivation that we have seen in the interns we select from UW Bothell."  - Judi Best and Samantha Barerra Senate/House intern coordinators


Policy Internship

Undergraduate Legislative Policy Intern Program

  • For Undergraduate juniors and seniors in any discipline
  • Work in Olympia with legislators and staff in either the House of Representatives or the Senate
  • Interns typically do research, bill tracking, constituent correspondence, and agency casework.
  • They have the opportunity to attend committee hearings and other meetings, and interact with staff and legislators.
  • Participate in weekly seminars and workshops
  • Must do the internship for academic credit 

Learn More

  • Representatives from the program will be coming to UW Bothell to conduct drop-in information sessions on:

    Tuesday, May 19th at 11am and 1:15pm in UW1-103

How to Apply

Application due dates for the 2016 internship:

  • Priority Deadline: October 6, 2015
  • Final Deadline: October 16, 2015

This year the internship program will have an online application.

For more information, please make an appointment with with Bonnie Monteleone to learn more about what goes into the application. You can prepare with the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Written Essay explaining your interest in state government and how the Legislative Internship fits in with your educational and career goals
  3. Cover Letter explaining how you meet the internship qualifications
  4. (2) Letters of Recommendation: Academic and Personal


Interns work for these Committees

  • Agriculture
  • Children & Family Services & Corrections
  • Commerce & Trade
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Financial Services, Insurance & Housing
  • Government Operations & Elections
  • Health & Long-Term Care
  • Higher Education
  • Highways & Transportation
  • Judiciary
  • Land Use & Planning
  • Natural Resources, Energy & Water
  • Parks, Fish & Wildlife
  • Technology & Communications
  • Ways & Means


Bonnie Monteleone