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West Virginia Legislative Internship Opportunity for Spring 2018

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) is seeking legislative interns for the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, generally January through the end of April or early May.

Students must be currently enrolled in political science, public administration, pre-law, or journalism programs. Interns should be prepared to work standard office hours, five days per week, and are responsible for securing their own lodging in Charleston for the duration of the internship. The agency supervises two students who serve as legislative interns for the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature.

Interested students should submit their resumes by Oct. 31.

Duties and Responsibilities

Interns attend daily floor sessions and education-related committee meetings during the regular 60-day session of the Legislature, and provide written reports of the debates and bill summaries to the HEPC’s senior staff at the end of the day. The students obtain copies of legislation and related materials, track bills and policy discussions, and they help monitor higher education legislation that is introduced and debated throughout the legislative process.

Interns will have the opportunity to shadow central office staff and participate in the planning and organization of other agency activities, including GEAR UP and financial aid/FAFSA education programs, as well as Higher Education Day at the Legislature. 

This opportunity is particularly suited for students interested in public policy, public administration and journalism and public affairs.

Qualifications and Requirements

Candidates must be excellent writers with strong interpersonal and communications skills. They should have a desire to observe and participate in the legislative process. Past interns have included political science and communications students with an interest in state government.

Students enroll for internship course credit for the spring semester and are paid bi-weekly based on their hours worked, typically a full workweek. 

This internship requires students to work standard office and legislative hours, five days per week, from January through May. They will be required to report to the Charleston HEPC office each morning in professional business attire, and participate in staff meetings like a full-time employee. Students are responsible for securing their own lodging in Charleston for the duration of the internship.

Applying

Students are asked to submit resumes to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Resumes should be in PDF format and sent "Attention: Cindy Anderson, cindy.anderson@wvhepc.edu."

For more information about these internships, please contact Matt Turner, matt.turner@wvhepc.edu, or call 304-558-4016. 



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