The Student Experience:
Potential tasks and projects will include attending and summarizing long committee hearings, providing concise policy summaries and reports, tracking and summarizing bills, providing constituent services, social media support, event planning, and writing press releases and letters.
This internship requires a minimum of 10 hours of work-time per week, not including class time and travel time. The Legislature meets Tuesday through Friday, 9 to 12 and 1 to 4 p.m. For this internship, it is best to plan your Spring course schedule so you can travel to the Statehouse in Montpelier on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for the required once-a-week visit (twice a week if possible). Public transportation to the Vermont Statehouse takes approximately 1 hour in each direction. Legislators are representatives of various Vermont communities, so you may also be asked in the course of your duties to travel to their areas of the state and visit with local offices or constituents.
Carpooling with others in the program is encouraged. There will be an expectation to split gas money if a carpooling arrangement takes place.
Program Schedule & Credit Information:
Because the Vermont Legislative Session does not line up with UVM's academic calendar, students in this program will be required to enroll in the Winter Session in addition to the Spring course. The first week of the Winter session (December 26 - 30) will be online and will consist of training modules designed to prepare you for the upcoming internship experience. Your internship will begin in-person during the second week of Winter session (January 2 - 6) to align with the start of the Legislative Session (January 3). You'll need to be back in Vermont and ready to go for the start of your internship!
The program awards a total of 5 internship credits:
- Winter session - 2 credits
- Spring session - 3 credits
CAS's internship hours-to-credits rate is 40:1. So you will be working about 200 hours at your internship between January 2 and May 12 to earn the 5 credits. If you would like to continue at your internship into the summer, you may arrange that with your legislator and appply for funding through UVM's summer internship scholarship process.
You will be matched with your legislator by the end of December with every effort made to match you prior to the beginning of winter break.
In order to apply for the Legislative Internship Program, you MUST attend one of the following information sessions prior to completing your application:
- Monday, September 12 at 4 p.m. in the Jost Foundation Room (Davis Center 4th Floor)
- Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m. in the Jost Foundation Room (Davis Center 4th Floor)
- Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m. on Teams (join here)
Then, fill out the application form (COMING SOON!). You will be asked to answer short answer and multiple choice questions about your experience, skills, and upload a one-page writing sample.
If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the course instructor between October 7 and October 17.