Career Services

Washington State Legislative Internship Opportunities

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

2019 Internship Dates

January 2019 - March 2019 (Exact Dates TBD)

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

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: 11:00 PM Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Final Deadline: 8:00 PM Tuesday, October 16, 2018

How to Apply

The application will ask for the Internship Faculty Sponsor. The sponsor has been prearranged through UW. Check to confirm you "have arranged for a faculty sponsor and will receive academic credit for the internship." The sponsor is Randy Spaulding; his email is

For more information and any questions regarding the application process please call 425.352.3706 to speak with a Career Counselor to learn more about what goes into the application. You can prepare with the following:

  1. Résumé​​​​
  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.
  3. What is a book, a film, or an idea that has had an impact on your thinking?
  4. Describe a time when you changed your mind about something significant.
  5. Tell us about an experience or idea that gave you a new understanding of yourself or others. 
  6. Cover Letter explaining how you meet the qualifications of the internship.
  7. 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.
  8. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Academic and Personal
  9. Send your references the link to the Internship Reference Form to upload their letters of recommendation (
  10. Complete the Online Application and upload your transcript and written materials. Your cover letter, resume, and essay MUST be saved as a single document upload. Submit! Please note that the application form will not allow you to submit until all materials are complete, so make sure that your documents are prepared and ready to upload before you begin the application. (Letters of reference are submitted separately by your recommenders.)
  • Additional writing tips and strategies can be found 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