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; a Faculty Advisor has already been assigned for the course.
  • UW Bothell Students can take BIS 497, Political Internship in State Government (5, max. 20)

Learn More

Information Session

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 | UW1-103

  • Discussion with WA Leg Alumni: 10:45-11:15; 12:30 - 1:15; 3:15 - 4:00

How to Apply

Application due dates for the 2016 internship:

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

All application materials must be received by 7:00pm October 16, 2015 to ensure consideration. Applications completed by October 6, 2015 will receive priority consideration for interview selection.

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. Choose ONE of the following prompts and write a one-page personal essay responding to it. Essays should be well-edited, professional in tone, and explains something about who you are as a person. Do not use your essay to take a stand on a political issue or summarize your résumé.
    • What does good citizenship mean to you?
    • What is a book or an idea that has had an impact on your thinking?
    • Describe a time when you had to compromise.
  3. Cover Letter explaining how you meet the internship qualifications
  4. Unofficial Transcript PDF. (If you are a transfer student and have not yet completed a full quarter, please submit a copy of your most recent transcript from your previous school.
  5. (2) Letters of Recommendation: Academic and Personal
    Send your references the link to the Internship Reference Form to upload their letters of recommendation (
  • For additional writing tips and strategies, please click here.

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