Legislative Intern Program
About The Legislative Intern Program
The Legislative Intern Program was created in 1976 to provide Oregon college and university students an opportunity of working and learning in a hands on legislative environment, learning leadership responsibilities as well as developing legislative process skills. The interns assist legislative offices with their legislative activities and work functions.
In order to achieve these goals, the program's organizational structure is simple. Academic Advisors or Campus Coordinators have been designated to act as liaison between each institution's academic departments and the Legislative Intern Coordinator at the Capitol. Recruitment procedures, academic requirements and evaluation, and awarding of credit are the responsibility of the institution. The Legislative Administration will present an intern orientation and provide work space and services.
For more information about the intern program, access the Oregon Legislative Assembly Intern Handbook.
What's the Process?
Contact the Academic Advisor or Campus Coordinator at your college or university. Submit a resume and complete the Legislative Intern Application. The academic advisor/campus coordinator will return the application to the intern coordinator at the State Capitol.
If the student has requested a specific position, the application is forwarded to that office. If not, the applications are distributed to legislative offices seeking interns. Their office staff will be in touch with intern applicants to set up interviews. Once the selection is made, notification is sent to the intern, academic adviser/campus coordinator, and state intern coordinator.
Can I Request My Own Interviews?
Yes, you may contact the legislative offices of your choice and apply to be interviewed. You must first complete the application and screening process with the academic advisor/campus coordinator.
Academic Credit: Most institutions participating in the program provide academic credit. However, this is a matter between the institution and the student. Interns should discuss academic credit eligibility and requirements with the academic advisor/campus coordinator.
Legislative Office Assistant works in the legislator's office with duties such as bill tracking, researching legislative issues, answering constituent mail and requests, developing speech material and journalism articles, taking notes in committees, bill filing, and various office duties.
Legislative Committee Assistant works in a committee office and is responsible to set up hearing room, tape record hearings, prepare minutes and exhibits, maintain files, provide information, and various office duties.
Legislative Counsel Assistant: Law students may apply to assist in performing legal research for drafting bills.
Media Production Assistant works with a media team providing televised broadcasting of committee meetings, legislative floor sessions, press conferences, and other media events using remote controlled cameras and equipment. Prepares video tape duplications. Assists the technical coordinator with sound system and video television needs throughout the Capitol.
Transportation and living expenses are the responsibility of the intern. Opportunities to carpool may be available with other students in your area. For parking information contact the Building Use Coordinator, (503) 986-1384.
For additional information on internships with the State of Oregon, go to
the Oregon Department
of Administrative Services' Intern Page.
The Oregon State Capitol Address is: 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.
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