An Overview of the Program

Interns are placed in a legislator’s office (State Representative or Senator) and are required to work 35 hours per week for the ninety-day session plus the week before the session begins—a total of fourteen weeks.

The legislative session begins in mid-January and ends in mid-April.  Interns are required to be in Juneau the Wednesday before the start of the legislative session and to remain in Juneau until the session ends.

Work in the legislature is combined with an internship seminar that begins before the legislative session and lasts until mid April. Attendance at this seminar is required for all interns.

For complete information about the program, see the Legislative Internship Information Packet linked in the sidebar.

Program Organization

The program, established in 1987, is administered by the University of Alaska. 

UAS has primary responsibility for the academic administration of the program. All stipends and relocation allowances are paid through UAS, and all credit hours are granted by UAS.

The Statewide Program Coordinator is Glenn Wright, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UAS. He is the academic supervisor for the interns and he conducts the Internship Seminar.

All three campuses participating in the program have Program Coordinators to aid students on these campuses who are interested in the program. To view contact information for the Coordinators, see Contact Us on the sidebar.

University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alaska Southeast