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Michigan House of Representatives

Legislative Intern

May - July 2019 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

This internship really helped me understand the Legislative process and its workings better than any lecture hall ever could. I would highly recommend taking an internship here because you will learn how to interact formally with your colleagues and see all of the things you hear on the news as they occur.

What I wish was different

Advice

This may seem trivial, but it is something I was very cautious about when I began the internship; try and build up your professional wardrobe before you start. If you are a college student, I would recommend going to thrift stores and purchasing items that are higher quality for a fraction of the price, as opposed to buying cheap and new. Buying good quality articles of clothing goes a long way in establishing your professionalism and commitment to the working environment.
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Legislative Intern

May - August 2019 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

It was an incredible learning experience for me as a political science major. I got to be right in the center of Michigan’s legislative hub and take part in the action. It was definitely what I would call a pivotal moment in my career because now I am certain in my career track.

What I wish was different

I wish that I lived closer to Lansing. The commute from Belleville is a nightmare.

Advice

If you get the opportunity to work in Lansing (especially as a Political Science or Public Policy major) I would highly recommend it. Be prepared for a fast paced, and multitask-heavy environment.
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Intern

May - August 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

Working in the Capitol Building

What I wish was different

More research

Advice

Take advantage of every opportunity. Go to every fundraiser or event to meet other reps or senators.
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Intern

May - August 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

This internship has been a unique and valuable experience for me. I have been involved in electoral politics most of my life, but have never had the opportunity to work in a legislative office. As an intern, I was handling much of the constituent correspondence and day-to-day office work. Working in this type of environment, engaging with concepts that I have been learning in the classroom, has been a wonderful opportunity for me.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to have spent more time interning while the State House was in session.

Advice

Try to take advantage of any unique opportunities that arise during your internship and meet as many people as possible!
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Legislative Intern

January - September 2017 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

Honestly, everything. These internships allow you to see very closely what life is like in a government office, and I learned much more about the government process and policy than I ever would have sitting in a classroom.

What I wish was different

I did two different legislative internships, and one of them came with greater responsibility that included answering phones and greeting guests. It was definitely a more useful experience because I was much more integrated with the office. So in regards to that first internship, I wish it had been equally hands-on as the second.

Advice

Be confident. I spent some time starting both internships where I felt nervous and shy, but the people I worked with were all incredibly supportive and helpful. It's good to feel nervous, but don't let that get in the way of engaging with people you meet or asking questions.
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Legislative Intern

May - August 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

I liked the independence I was offered throughout campaign season.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been compensated for my time.

Advice

Don't take this kind of job if you have no way to raise money to support yourself throughout the summer. Don't take this job if you don't want to work two other jobs to support yourself.
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Legislative Intern

March 2017 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

My favorite part about my internship is the sense of commitment I feel every time I walk into the Capitol, and the sense of accomplishment every time I walk out. Maybe I'm just caught up on the sentimental value of it all, but I really do feel like I'm making a difference in my state.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more flexibility with my classes so I could be in the Capitol while the legislature is in session. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, all the state representatives are in Lansing, then they spend the long "weekend" in their respective districts.

Advice

A piece of advice I'd pass along to a future intern is to keep a positive attitude in everything you do. It will make the mundane work more enjoyable, and can lead to better opportunities in the future.
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Legislative Intern

May - August 2018 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

I like the flexibility in the duties that were assigned to me by my State Representative. The people were mostly friendly and the work wasn't too complex.

What I wish was different

I wished my duties were a little more detailed out. I didn't know what I would do each day I worked, and I kind of did a lot of playing things by ear.

Advice

Go in with an open mind. Build relationships with your colleagues and go above and beyond in your duties/expectations.
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