Hinckley Interns function as support staff to aid legislators during the Spring Semester of each year. An intern may be asked to track legislation, write speeches, attend committee meetings, research issues, and analyze bills. Hinckley Interns at the Utah state legislatures must adapt to a rigorous work schedule, take initiative in planning and organizing, and develop an effective working relationship with legislators. The Utah State Legislature Internship program offers students unparalleled access to the Utah legislative process. Interns serve as full-time assistants to legislators, lobbyists, and the media during the 45-day legislative session that begins on the fourth Monday in January. Legislative interns are not able to take other classes during this session due to a full-time work schedule. A scholarship of $2,400 is provided to each legislative intern. State legislative interns represent the University of Utah and the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and therefore, the highest conduct is expected.
State legislative interns will receive extensive training the two weeks preceding the start of the session. The sessions are designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for an effective internship. Jerry Howe of the Utah State Legislature Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel assists in the training.
WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?
Complete the electronic application. You will be required to upload:
- Current Resume
- Cover Letter (explaining why you feel this experience will benefit your academic and career pursuits).
- Writing Sample (4-5 pages from a research paper on any topic).
Submit the following hard copy documents to the Hinckley Institute office (OSH 253).
- 2-4 Letters of Recommendation (with at least one coming from a professor and past employer).
- Official University of Utah Transcript obtained from the Registrar’s Office (250 SSB).