Frequently-asked questions

1. Do I have to be a political science major?

No. Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Legislative Staff trains and supervises interns at all times. Please read our eligibility guidelines for more information.

2. How many interns are hired?

Approximately 55 interns are selected from the three state universities to serve in the House, Senate, Governor's Office, and Supreme Court.

3. Are there job opportunities?

Yes. Many former interns have succeeded in obtaining positions at various State agencies, with lobbying groups, law firms and the private sector. Several former interns are currently on permanent staff with the House of Representatives and the Senate and some have gone to various federal agencies in Washington, D.C.

4. How does the screening process work?

There are two rounds of face-to-face interviews. The first is in Flagstaff and the second in Phoenix. Extended Campus students will have all interviews in Phoenix.

5. How long is the selection process?

 The first interview is in mid-October, the second interview is in November, and candidates are notified around Thanksgiving.

6. Are interviews based solely on knowledge of the field? If not, what are they based on?

The interviews are not completely based on knowledge of the field, but also the candidate's interests, experiences, goals, writing ability, and if the internship would be a good fit for the candidate and the Legislature.

7. Who can write the recommendation letters?

Recommendation letters can be written by any academic or professional source such as professors, advisors, volunteer work or civic engagement coordinators, etc.

8. Do recommendation letters have to be sent to University College directly by their writers?

No. Recommendation letters can be sent in by the student with the rest of their application materials via email. NOTE: Recommendation letters must be signed to be valid. Letterhead is preferred.

9. How much of a time commitment is required to participate in the internship?

 The internship is like a full-time job and interns will generally work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Occasionally, interns will have to attend early morning or late night meetings outside of this time frame. Keep this in mind when considering other time commitments such as jobs or classes.

10. Is college credit earned by participating in this internship? If so, how and where does it get applied?

 The internship grading itself is pass/fail only. However, 12 units of upper division undergraduate credit (as XXX466) or 9 units of graduate credit (as XXX566) will be awarded. It is up to the intern’s college and advisor to decide how the credit will be used. The credit can be applied to either a major or a minor depending on what is decided.

11. Can students in Extended Campuses apply?

Yes. However, the interviews and the internship will take place in Phoenix, AZ. It is mandatory to be in Phoenix for both interviews.

12. How often is this internship available?

It is available every spring semester.

13. What if I am graduating in December? Can I still participate in the internship in the spring?

Yes, however you would need to do one of two things: extend your graduation date to May, or apply to the Graduate College as a Non Degree-Seeking student. If you apply for the internship, you will find out in December whether or not you have been selected. From there, the Graduate College will apply the credit. Graduate students do not need a minimum number of hours to apply.

14. How will the tuition waiver be applied?

The internships go through special billing in the Bursar's Office and the student will not be charge tuition for that semester. It counts as a resource against the student's financial aid package (if they have one).

15. Can exchange students apply?

Yes, but you must be eligible to work in the United States in order to be eligible for the internship.

16. Is there an age limit for applicants?

No, but you must meet the criteria of the internship.

 

 Additional questions can be directed to University College at 928-523-1757 or UCollege@nau.edu.