Program description

The legislative internship occurs in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.  The internship runs 18 weeks concurrent with the legislative session, which is approximately the first week of January through May.  The internship will require the student to work at least 40 hours per week at the state capitol in Phoenix. Early-morning and late-night meetings often occur and your attendance will be required.

Specific position duties vary depending on assignment. General duties include:

  • conducting research
  • analyzing proposed legislation and writing bill summaries
  • attending committee hearings
  • presenting bills in committees and caucus
  • preparing amendments
  • communicating with legislators, liaisons of state agencies, lobbyists, constituents and members of the general public
  • performing administrative duties to facilitate the legislative process
  • At a minimum, administrative duties include filing, note taking and the physical delivery of documents throughout the capitol complex; these deliveries may be deadline driven and time sensitive.

Interns are supervised by a legislative staff person. Interns are assigned to either subject-oriented committees or to the offices of the Republican or Democratic staff.

Committees cover topics including:

  • appropriations and budget
  • commerce and economic development
  • natural resources
  • taxes and finance
  • health
  • environment
  • insurance and banking
  • criminal justice and law enforcement
  • city and county issues
  • K-12 education and higher education
  • transportation
  • child welfare and public welfare programs

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