Connecticut General Assembly Legislative Internship Program
In recognition of the need to provide educational opportunities which are not available to college students in the traditional academic setting, the General Assembly established an internship program to acquaint students with both the formal and informal aspects of the legislative process. Accordingly, the program encourages a high level of personal interaction among legislators and interns who serve as aides to their assigned legislators. A major objective is to prepare interns to perform necessary support services, such as bill analysis and tracking, spot and in-depth research, drafting of news releases and speeches, liaison work, and constituent casework.
Students at QVCC may participate in the program and may earn from 6 to 12 college credits. See POL* 290 and 294. The selection of students is made by the General Assembly's Committee on Legislative Staff Internships. The committee interviews each candidate and selects approximately 90 interns, both full-time and part-time, to serve for a legislative session. Appointments are announced in December following November interviews.
Interns are assigned to legislative leaders, committee chairs, ranking members, and other legislators. A workable and mutually beneficial relationship between the legislator and the intern is a prime goal of the internship program. Every effort is made to match both legislator and intern.
For further information please contact Jayne Battye, political science faculty.