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NAU Arizona State Legislative Internships (Spring 2021)

Open to students from ALL academic disciplines.

Applicants must be candidates for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at one of Arizona’s participating universities and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application. Candidates for a Bachelor's degree must have at least 75 hours at the end of the Fall 2020 semester prior to the internship.

The position requires communication and writing skills, the ability to work in a team setting and self-starting independence. Interns do not have to be political science majors or currently know anything about the legislative process; the supervisors will teach interns everything they need to know. The most important attributes of an intern are enthusiasm, a willingness to learn through hands-on experience, and an interest in the legislative process. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Interns gain invaluable experience while earning 12 hours of undergraduate upper-division credit in their field of study or 9 hours of graduate credit that is covered by a tuition/fee wavier for the semester. A stipend (paid bi-weekly over the course of the internship totaling $5,000) is also included. Students from outside of Maricopa County are eligible to receive a moving allowance of up to $1,000 with appropriate documentation.

  • As of now, the Capital is pursuing measures be taken in order to host the Spring 2021 interns in person. Dependent on the public health circumstances, the internship may be held in a hybrid mode or online. Decisions will be made as the time approaches. Applicants' opportunity and credit will be honored, the mode of engagement just may be altered.
  • Interns are expected to live in Phoenix in order to be available at the Capital. When applying for this position, consider any current rental lease agreements that are valid through Spring 2021. Fees associated with breaking leases are NOT covered.

1. Download the application attachment (bottom right corner of this page) and fill it out completely and sign.
2. Create one PDF document containing the following application materials:
  • Application Attachment (completed and signed)
  • Unofficial Transcript (from your current university and each institution if more than 12 credit hours were awarded)
  • Personal Statement (on its own page, question 7 of the Application)
  • Two Current Signed Letters of Recommendation (must be from academic or professional references including a former/current supervisor or professor; do not submit letters from family, friends, or coworkers)
  • Resume
3. Click the green "Apply" button at the top of this posting and upload your single PDF document as Other Document.


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Arizona Supreme Court
Two temporary, full-time, paid legislative internship positions are available at the Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, in Phoenix. Interns assigned to the Supreme Court will work on behalf of the judicial branch at the legislature.
The Arizona Constitution charges the Supreme Court with the responsibility of providing administrative supervision over all the courts of the state. This is done through the Administrative Office of the Courts. In addition to hearing controversies in the trial and appellate courts, the judicial branch is tasked by constitution and statute with various administrative and regulatory responsibilities. Interns work in the Executive Division, with the Legislative Group of the Administrative Office, assisting with judicial department legislation and other administrative responsibilities.
Normal working hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 P.M. Legislative activity and other job duties will require extended hours and attendance at early morning or evening meetings. There are no holidays or semester breaks.
Duties will include attendance at court and legislative committee meetings and hearings; assisting the Legislative Group in preparing, testifying, researching and tracking legislation with impact on the courts; acting as a liaison to the Legislature; and communicating with judges and administrative staff on legislative activity. Interns will be required to prepare written materials (e.g., fact sheets, legislative summaries and letters) and make oral presentations on legislation to court committees and staff. Interns will also lobby legislators on select proposals.
This position requires research, writing and word processing skills as well as strong communication and organizational skills. Interns are expected to work both independently and as part of a group. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Arizona Governor's Office
Interns in the Governor’s Office become an integral part of Governor Doug Ducey’s executive team and gain an unparalleled, fast-paced experience in state government. Interns track legislation as it is heard in committee, discussed in caucus, debated on the floor of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and finally as it makes its way to the Governor’s desk. Interacting closely with Governor’s staff and policy advisors, interns report back their daily findings at the Legislature, playing an important role in the process that decides whether or not the Governor signs or vetoes a bill. More about interning in the Governor’s Office: 
  • Gain a personalized experience: only a handful of interns are selected to work in the Governor’s Office.
  • Interact with the entire legislative process first hand: Interns’ primary responsibilities are to monitor legislative hearings and legislative activity.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge on a wide range of Arizona issues: Governor’s interns split up each day’s committee assignments, covering numerous committees over the course of the internship.
  • Be part of a dynamic team: Interns rotate daily responsibilities and work together collaboratively to accomplish goals.
  • Learn how bills affect various state agencies and stakeholders at weekly meetings with agency legislative liaisons.
  • Witness how the Governor’s Office operates on a day-to-day basis in governing the State
  • Intern responsibilities include: preparation of the bills for the Governor’s review, compilation and summarization of all relevant data for each bill and, upon the signature by the Governor, transmittal of the bills to the Secretary of State.
  • Have a hand in carrying out the Governor’s policy priorities: Interns’ notes are transmitted to policy advisors, helping them weigh the merits and consequences of legislation and make recommendations to the Governor.
  • When time permits, interns attend periodic activities with the Legislative interns: guest speakers are invited and occasional field trips are scheduled to various state agencies to provide a broader understanding of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government.

Arizona State Legislature
See what’s behind the headlines: Interns at the Arizona State Legislature participate in the legislative process in a fast-paced, exciting atmosphere at the State Capitol. Serving on non-partisan, Republican or Democratic staff, our Interns experience firsthand the process, conversations and late nights that create legislation and public policy for the entire State of Arizona. Unlike other Arizona political internships where note-taking and observing are the main duties, Legislative Interns speak and work with lawmakers, lobbyists and committees, getting an exclusive, behind-the-scenes perspective on Arizona politics that is unparalleled to any other internship.
Selected university student interns work full time, at least 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Arizona State Senate or House of Representatives. The internship coincides with the Spring semester. Depending on their placement, interns work with partisan staff on issues important to their respective parties or analyze public policy for members of a legislative committee (e.g. health & human services, education, environment or criminal justice policy). Duties may include conducting research, writing legislative summaries, presenting in committee hearings, briefing senators and representatives, preparing amendments and communicating with legislators and constituents.
Work in a vibrant, dynamic environment where you gain skills that last a lifetime! We are looking for university students with excellent written and oral communication skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply and no prior knowledge or experience with the legislative process is necessary. Your supervisor serves as mentor and teaches you everything you need to know.

Participate and witness Arizona history in the making! Talk to your university intern coordinator for more information, but most importantly, APPLY NOW!