Kansas Legislative Internship Program
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP
The Kansas Legislature will have internships available for the 2017 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 January 9, 2017 on the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session and end in April. Intern Orientation will take place Thursday, January 5th, 2017. 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.
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in interning with us you must return the following by Thursday, December 1, 2016:
- Application - To apply Click here to download an application or click here to apply online.
- Writing Sample (Please include a writing sample from school or work at least a page in length.)
- A letter of recommendation from your college or university advisor.
You are welcome to send these forms by mail or email to:
Office of the Speaker Pro Tem
Kansas House of Representatives
State Capitol Building, Rm 381-W
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785.296.3656 Email:Catherine.Gunsalus@house.ks.gov
Please direct any questions to Catherine.Gunsalus@house.ks.gov
Applicants showing strong potential for doing quality work can expect to be placed with a legislator and will receive an assignment letter after applications are reviewed. The integrity and quality of the Kansas Legislative Intern Program is important, therefore the Intern Coordinator reserves the right to terminate any intern who consistently fails to show strong effort and produce quality work.