Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Internship Program
“Being an Intern for the Connecticut General Assembly was one of the single greatest things that I have experienced in my life. Not only did I learn how my State Legislature functions, but thanks to the program, I met people who not only share my interest in State governance and policy, but have also helped me grow, both personally and professionally. I am far better off for having been a part of the Legislative Internship Program and I could not recommend it higher to anyone who has an interest in seeing the nuts and bolts of State Government from the inside.”
“The Connecticut General Assembly Internship really helped me appreciate the complexity of policy creation within the State of Connecticut. It helped me to learn a lot about the type of worker I am, and focus my attentions on the type of career I wish to pursue.”
The Legislative Internship offers a unique opportunity for students to earn credit through a four-part experiential learning program including job training, academic research, career development and field trips. While working at the General Assembly, interns gain invaluable, behind-the-scenes insight into the legislator’s roles, politics and the policy making process.
The Legislative Internship Program is offered in the Spring academic semester to correspond with the Connecticut General Assembly’s Legislative Session.
- Interns are assigned to individual legislators as support staff. Intern duties can include: bill analysis and tracking; research and writing testimonies, news releases and speeches; liaison work and constituent casework.
- Interns receive job-specific training including a mandatory two-day orientation to the job and continue with research and IT training, small group meetings and career development seminars on resume writing, interviewing, as well as forums with potential employers, law schools and graduate schools
- Interns lead and participate in committees to develop Mock Session, speaker series and social events.
- Interns can attend optional field trips that provide contextual information about Connecticut policy issues.