Arizona Legislative Internship Program accepting applications, offers firsthand experience in public service

The Arizona State Legislative Internship Program is now accepting applications for its spring 2021 semester internship. The program hires 50 interns from the Arizona state institutions and provides students the opportunity to intern with the state legislature, governor’s office or state Supreme Court.

Northern Arizona University students have the opportunity to develop skills and experience the legislative process firsthand while working alongside professionals at the state capitol. Interns practice researching, writing and public speaking while participating in the democratic process during the legislative session held Jan. 4 to May 7.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 23. All application materials, including a completed application, personal statement, unofficial transcript, two signed letters of recommendation and a resume must be submitted via Handshake.

Previous knowledge of the legislative process is not required to apply, and all majors are welcome. Those selected will work full-time in Phoenix during the legislative session.

In addition to the experience, interns receive a stipend of $5,000, a tuition/fee waiver and can earn 12 hours of undergraduate upper-division credit or nine hours of graduate credit upon successful completion of the internship.

Interested students also can register to attend a virtual information session about the program. The first session takes place at 4 p.m. followed by the second session at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. Staff from the capitol and former interns will be available for a 30-minute overview of the internship application process and to discuss what to expect daily, the transferrable skills learned and to share where former interns are now. Additionally, former interns have shared their experiences online in the alumni spotlights on the Arizona Legislative website.