The Utah State Legislative Internship program offers students the opportunity to serve as full-time staff to legislators, lobbyists, and other government offices during the 45-day legislative session that begins in late January. Hinckley interns at the Utah State Legislature are held to a high standard of behavior and must adapt to a rigorous work schedule, take initiative in planning and organizing, and develop effective working relationships.
Interns’ work will include tracking legislation, writing speeches, attending committee meetings, researching issues, and analyzing bills.
Each legislative intern is paid at least $2,775 by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel or their respective host office.
Legislative interns work from the start of the semester until the final day of the legislative session (usually early-March). Depending on the host office, some interns work the full semester.
Legislative interns are not able to take on-campus classes during this session due to the full-time work schedule.
Potential host offices
Individual legislators through the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
Executive branch: Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor
Other government offices: Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Utah System of Higher Education
A range of advocacy groups and lobbyists
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).
1-2 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). Electronic copies are available online through CIS.
PREPARATION COURSE - HNKLY 4901/4921
State legislative interns will receive training in an intensive course usually held the first week of the semester. The sessions are designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for an effective internship. Students register for three to 12 hours of credit in this course. Students will also be working part-time the two weeks preceding the start of the session.
Post-internship course - POLS 4801
State legislative interns attend a course after the legislative session. This is an intensive four- to five-week hybrid seminar focusing on state and national government, politics, and the legislative process. This is a three-hour credit course.
IMPORTANT: If you are interested in applying as a freshman, you must first take our Forum Series Course (POLS 3910) in order to hone your writing and public speaking—two skills critical to success in a legislative internship.