Key Points to Note

  1. The Legislative Internship Program is an Academic Program: This Program is not a work-study program, where students earn credits for working but have no related academic course work. The Internship is a demanding academic program at the 400 level and not simply a way to gain credits through a practical experience. Only students who are very serious about their academic studies are chosen for the Program, as a major emphasis is placed upon participation and performance in the Internship Seminar.
  2. This is a Full-Time Internship Program Requiring Students to Work in their Legislative Office Each Weekday: Interns must be available to work in their legislative office on a more or less full-time basis on each weekday. This means that they cannot have a part-time job during the day Monday thru Friday. Students not working full-time in their legislative office or not working five days per week will be dropped from the Program. This does not mean that students cannot have a part-time job during the evenings or on weekends; though this is strongly discouraged given the intensity of the placement and academic work for the Program.
  3. Taking Additional Courses to the Internship Program: Students are limited to taking 3 additional credits for the semester in addition to the 12 for the Internship Program. However, students are strongly advised not to take any additional credits besides those for the Internship Program. This is because of the intensity of the full-time practical placement in the legislature and the demanding academic requirements. Most students who have taken an additional course have found that their overall performance has suffered.
  4. A Passing Grade and Satisfactory Office Evaluations Are Required to Receive Any Crdits for the Program: A student must earn a passing grade of C or better in the internship seminar in order to receive credit for their internship experience.  In addition, to receive credit for the internship or internship seminar, students must receive at least two satisfactory evaluations (out of three) from their legislative office supervisor.
  5. Latest Date to be in Juneau: Interns must be in Juneau by the Wednesday morning before the start of the Legislative session at the very latest. This is because students are required to attend a two to three day orientation the week before the legislative session begins.
  6. Interns Cannot Miss Any Part of the Pre-orientation Session: If students miss any part of the pre-orientation program, they will be dropped from the program.
  7. Rental Rates in Juneau: Currently, rental property in Juneau is scarce (less than 2% vacancy rate) and rents are higher than in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
  8. All Credits are from UAS: However, these credits are fully transferable.  Transfers are painless—they often take place automatically, and when they do not, a phone call to the student’s home-campus registrar is all that is required to arrange the transfer.
  9. Attendance at the Internship Seminar is Required: Points will be deducted for absences.
  10. Stipulation About Continuing to Receive the Internship Stipend: In order to continue receiving their Internship stipend, a student must make satisfactory progress in their office assignment as well as in the Internship Seminar. Indications of satisfactory progress in the Seminar include: no absences; active participation in discussions; evidence of completing class reading assignments; submitting all papers on time, etc.

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