Applications are due by 11:59 pm on October 15th. Applications are now submitted digitally. Please review the information below to apply!
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
In cooperation with other campuses of the University of Alaska system, Alaska Pacific University, and Sheldon Jackson University, the department coordinates this 12 credit internship program with the Alaska Legislature. Students have an opportunity to gain first hand experience in the political process while working in a legislator's office in the State Capitol during the Legislative Session between January and May.
This program enables qualified students from any Alaska University campus to gain practical experience in the legislative process as part of their degree program. Interns are required to work 30 hours per week for the seventeen-week session.
The practical placement is combined with an internship seminar which begins one week before the session and lasts until the end of April.
In Spring of 2014, students who were participating in the program contacted UAA's Green & Gold, and developed a series known as "Postcards Home", Hans Rodvik, Ruddy Abam, and Victoria Yancey help explain what it is like to be in the program. In 2015, "Postcards Home" continued with interns German Baquero, Mark Simon, and Trevor Gutierrez.
ORGANIZATION OF THE PROGRAM
The program is jointly administered by the Legislative Council of the Alaska State Legislature and the five major university campuses in Alaska.
Primary responsibility for the academic administration of the program is placed with the University of Alaska Southeast. All stipends and travel expenses are paid through UAS and all credit hours are granted by UAS. Credit earned are readily transferred to UAA.
The Statewide Program Coordinator is Assistant Professor Glenn Wright at UAS. He acts as the academic supervisor for the interns while they are in Juneau and he conducts the internship seminar.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND HOW DO I APPLY?
Application requirements and guidelines are provided on the statewide program website.
Supplemental information must be provided:
- Cover letter
- Two to five page research proposal
- Five to fifteen page writing sample
- Two confidential letters of recommendation (must be emailed directly from recommending faculty to Professor Nabors)
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS?
The deadline is October 15th at 11:59PM. Be sure to meet the deadline as no late or incomplete applications will be accepted. Results of the selection process will be announced by November 15.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING BUT ARE NOT YET ELIGIBLE.
You are strongly encouraged to plan ahead! In preparing for the program be sure to take some political science courses, especially courses in American Government.
You should also develop your writing skills, obtain experience in conducting research and acquire a basic knowledge of work skills.
Your campus coordinator, Assistant Professor Forrest Nabors, will be happy to give you further advice on how to develop your qualifications, so that you are eligible for consideration for the legislative internship.
Assistant Professor Forrest Nabors
Department of Political Science
(907) 786- 4857