Internships will begin the week of January 13, 2020, the first day of the 2020 Legislative Session and end in April. A mandatory Intern Orientation will be held on the Thursday prior to the beginning of the legislative session on January 9, 2020. Each intern will be assigned to a specific legislator by the Intern Coordinator. Placements are based upon the applicant’s experience, partisan preference, and interests. Interns are required to attend a minimum of 12 days during the legislative session. Specific hours required for the internship will be agreed upon by the intern and his/her assigned legislator.
Course credit for the internship will be determined by each intern and his/her respective educational advisor and may have additional requirements. Legislative internships are non-paid positions; however, legislative interns who complete program requirements are eligible for up to $600 in mileage reimbursement.
To apply for the legislative internship, click here.
All intern applications are due by Friday, November 1, 2019. Interns who do not apply and do not attend the required orientation in early January will not be eligible for all the benefits of the internship program (parking, mileage reimbursement, academic credit, etc.). Intern application materials have already been sent to all Kansas secondary educational institutions. Internships will begin the second week of January (the first week of the legislative session). You will be expected to make contact with your legislator by then.
Our staff wishes to provide you with the best internship experience possible. If you prefer to work with a specific Democratic legislator, you may arrange this with the legislator directly and include the preference on your application. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you simply have a Democratic party preference, please contact the House Minority Leader's Office to help determine which legislator might be the right fit. Regardless of whether you have a legislator preference, we would enjoy the opportunity to meet you individually. This is not a formal interview and is not required, we just want to learn more about you, your background, and your spring schedule before assigning you to a legislator. This will ensure that you are paired with a compatible member who can teach you more about your specific policy interests. Please contact our office at (785) 296-7630 to schedule a time to meet.
To learn more about the process of obtaining college credit for your internship (regardless of what caucus you prefer), you must contact your University directly. Listed below are contacts for the legislative internship programs at major Kansas universities.
If your university is not listed above, please contact your political science department.
Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns that you may have.
About the Program
The Kansas Legislature will have internships available for the 2020 Legislative Session. Any student who is enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary education institution and will be earning credit for their learning experience or is making academic progress in their educational course of study is eligible to apply. No specific major is required, but strong oral and written communication skills, and a basic understanding of government and the legislative process are helpful.