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 

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How to Apply

All students who are interested in this internship need to work with and apply through the UW Bothell Career Services. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. Application materials for Winter 2014 will need to be turned in by October 25, 2013. Please make an appointment with with David Brown to learn more. Application requirements include:

  1. Completed and Signed Application
  2. Resume
  3. Written Essay
  4. Cover Letter
  5. (2) Letters of Recommendation: Academic and Personal. (Hard copies must be signed and sealed with the recommender's signature across the flap. Letters should be submitted with the application if possible, but they can also be emailed by the recommender to Please indicate on your application if your letters of recommendation are enclosed or if they are being sent seperately).



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


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