Washington State Legislative Internships

Winter 2020
Class Size: 14
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Nancy Koppelman
American studies
Andrew Reece
classical art and literature

Taking advantage of Evergreen's proximity to the state capital, this internship presents the opportunity to observe firsthand the development of public policy in the legislative arena. Drawing from the social sciences and systems and change theory, students explore the evolving systems of law, regulation, and governance. Students will learn about proposed legislation on a variety of contemporary issues facing the state of Washington. They will reflect on the dynamics of the legislative process as a means for making change.

Each student will work as an intern with a legislator and their staff for a regular 40-hour work week during the 2020 legislative session. Intensive staff-apprenticeship activities may include conducting legislative research, drafting policy and other documents, bill tracking, and constituent communications. Interns are included in opportunities created by legislative program staff such as attending guest presentations, field trips, workshops on the state budget, shadowing public policy leaders, and attending media panels. Students also participate in mock floor debates with interns from across the state.

Students accepted as legislative interns will develop an internship learning contract, profiling legislative responsibilities and linkages to their academic development. Each intern will keep a weekly journal that is submitted to the faculty sponsor periodically and a portfolio of materials related to legislative work submitted upon faculty request. During regular in-capitol seminars, Evergreen interns will meet together with faculty to share observations of the legislative process, address challenges, discuss contemporary issues. At the conclusion of the quarter, interns will produce an integrative essay reflecting on their experience and the implications of their learning upon their future civic engagement. Students will also write a self-evaluation. 

Student performance for the internship is evaluated by the faculty sponsor, field supervisors, and legislative office staff.

Olympia students use CRN 20248 (16 credits) or 20249 (variable credit), Tacoma students use CRN 20250 (16 credits) or 20251 (variable credit).

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

community studies, government, law, political science, public interest advocacy, public policy, and social issues


Credits per quarter


One year of interdisciplinary study.

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 14

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

Advertised schedule:

Interns work an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. assignment at the State Capitol. Seminars and other meetings with faculty and intern colleagues will be scheduled during that work week.

Located in: Olympia

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