Information about the Utah State Legislature
The Political Science Department is pleased
to announce the Utah State Legislature Internship Program
for the Winter Semester. A limited number of students will
have the opportunity to gain valuable experience as they
participate in the legislative process.
Who Should Apply?
The Utah State Legislature Internship is an excellent experience
for students interested in the legislative and policy process.
Interns work as personal assistants to legislators in researching
legislation, attending committee hearings, meeting with
constituents and lobbyists, and observing first-hand the
process through which laws are made.
This excellent program is open to undergraduate or graduate students
of any major who have an interest in the legislative process.
Students who are residents of states other than Utah or
non-U.S. citizens are also encouraged to apply. To qualify,
an applicant must be a junior, senior or graduate student,
have the ability to express himself or herself clearly,
both orally and in writing, including the ability to digest,
condense, and prepare forms and reports; have a general
understanding of the legislative process; be a self-starter
and be capable of working with little or no supervision;
and have good interpersonal skills.
Applicants must be juniors or seniors in good academic standing with a minimum 2.7 G.P.A. In exceptional
cases, sophomores with previous employment, military, or mission experience may
be considered. A student must also be in good honor code and academic standing with the university. Because interns will be employees of the Utah Legislature during
the winter semester, all applicants will have to successfully complete the I-9
Employment Eligibility Verification Form from the U.S. Department of Homeland
When is the Internship?
This program is available during Winter semesters only.
Participants must be available full-time from the beginning of winter semester through
early March. About the second week of
the second block the internship ends and students may enroll in two political science
seminars designed to complement the internship experience. For students unable to be
accepted into USL internships, it may be possible to arrange for paid or unpaid internships
with executive branch offices and other organizations that have an interest in the legislature.
Visit the Washington Seminar Office at 944 SWKT for more information.
What State Legislative Interns Do
Students are assigned to work with one or more members of the Utah
State Senate or House of Representatives and may be able
to assist in researching current issues, preparing for committee
hearings, drafting legislation, and dealing with constituents
and interest groups. Participating students will be involved with
the program full-time during the legislative session.
Political Science Credit
Twelve upper-division credits are available for those participating
on the program. Students will receive three or six hours of PLSC 399R
(which may be counted as elective credit for a Political Science major
or minor). Additionally, students may enroll
in two, three credit, upper-division political science seminars
to be held at the conclusion of the internship (both of
which can count as electives toward a Political Science
major or minor). These seminars will be related to the participants'
experience with the legislature. Graduate credit and directed
individual study credit can also be arranged with departmental
Participating students are required to complete a two-credit
orientation course (Political Science 297) which will be taught
during the first three weeks of winter semester. Students must be
available full-time for that course work. Registration for the course
is by permission-to-add code, issued by the department. See the
Washington Seminar Assistant (944 SWKT) for details.
The legislature provides a stipend of $2400 for participating students.
Important Application Information
The following must be included as part of your application.
- Online Application
One-page statement of intent. Typed 250 to 350 word statement detailing your reasons for wanting to intern at the Utah State Legislature,
what work assignments in the internship would interest you, and your abilities and character traits that will make you an asset
as a legislative intern. This must include a statement indicating that you will be available to work full-time, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday at the State Capitol during the legislative session. Students who cannot commit to this
schedule will not be interviewed nor accepted to the program.
Typed professional résumé no longer than one page. Should include description of work experience (including mission), computer
skills (including software with which you are familiar), research tools (i.e. statistics) you can use, volunteer activities (only those
relevant to the internship), and campaign or political experience/activities (if any). See the Washington Seminar secretary or
University Placement Office for suggestions on résumé preparation.
Official transcripts from all universities attended. Cannot be a college advisement center print-out (ABC Report). BYU
transcripts may be obtained from the University Records Office.
Two confidential letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a university faculty member who
can evaluate your academic skills; the other may be from an employer or a second faculty member. No letters will be accepted from
members of your family. You are not required to waive your right of access to the letters of recommendation. However, most faculty
and other individuals will not write them unless you do waive this right.
Writing sample. Clean copy of a paper demonstrating your research and writing abilities. You may use a paper written for a class
assignment or other project as long as it is free of instructor's marks. Be certain to retain the original.
All application materials become the property of the BYU Political Science Department and will not be
returned to you; this includes letters of recommendation which cannot be transferred to other parties not
involved in this internship program.
Materials not able to be completed online are to be submitted to the Washington Seminar Office Supervisor,
944 SWKT, by the published deadline.
Upon submission of your application, we will schedule an
interview for you with the Washington Seminar Director. A letter notifying you of your status with the
program will be sent approximately one week after the interview.
If accepted, you will have one week to pay a $200 deposit. This deposit will be charged to your student
account and paid at the ASB. The deposit will be refunded to you at the end of winter semester, but
will be forfeited if you withdraw from the BYU Utah State Legislature Internship Program.
At the beginning of winter semester, all participants complete a two credit course that prepares them to work at the legislature.
Students must be available all day, Monday-Friday, during the three weeks this course is taught.
All participants in this program must register for six hours of upper-division political science internship
credit, PLSC 399R. Participants have the option of also registering for two three credit seminars that will be taught
second block Winter semester (see the Washington Seminar Assistant for additional information).
How to Apply
The Application deadline is November 12. We encourage early application to help insure that all materials
are received by the deadline. However, no decisions about admission are made until after the deadline.
For more information, contact the Washington Seminar Office, 801-422-6029.