Interns are placed in the office of a State Senator or Representative and work all 90 days of the legislative session. Typically, interns are treated as regular, full-time staff and participate in all the responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers, including tracking and moving legislation, communicating with constituents, and meeting with lobbyists and other legislative staff. In 2012, several interns drafted and managed legislation that was ultimately passed by the legislature. Interns also testified on legislation in formal hearings, and engaged in constituent service and outreach. The legislative component of the internship is a demanding experience, but one which has prepared numerous interns for work as legislative staff, legislators, appointed officials, and academics.
Interns are not required by the legislative internship program to work during legislative special sessions. Interns fulfill their commitment on the conclusion of the regular annual Spring 90-120 day session.