Overview

The Utah State Legislature Internship program offers students the opportunity to serve as full-time staff to legislators, lobbyists, and the media 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. Their work will include tracking legislation, writing speeches, attending committee meetings, researching issues, and analyzing bills.  Legislative interns are not able to take other classes during this session due to the full-time work schedule. Each legislative intern is paid $2,775 by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.

Potential host offices include: Individual Legislators, Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Utah System of Higher Education, and a range of advocacy groups and lobbyists.

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.

PREPARATION COURSE

State legislative interns will receive extensive training while working part-time 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 and former Utah Senator Pat Jones assist 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).
  • 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).

Spring 2019

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Out of all three of my internships through the Hinckley, I enjoyed my legislative internship at the Capitol the most. This internship has been the best experience in my college career. I’ve made many connections, friends, and have learned a lot about myself.
— Michelle Doong, Economics Major