2019 Legislative Internship

At a Glance

What you do

  • Work 25-30 hours a week as a legislative assistant for members of the 2019 North Carolina General Assembly.
  • Take two courses in political science at North Carolina State University.
  • Attend weekly seminars.

What you receive

$350 a week for approximately 22 weeks. Twelve hours of transferable academic credit.


Application deadline: October 26, 2018. Spring classes and the General Assembly convene in January 2019.

The School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State is pleased to announce its 25th Legislative Internship Program, which is conducted under the authority of the North Carolina General Assembly. Up to 12 interns will be chosen from the state’s four-year degree-granting colleges and universities to serve as staff assistants to officers and members of the 2019 North Carolina General Assembly and to pursue a parallel course of academic study at North Carolina State University.

The Legislative Internship affords qualified applicants a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience. Interns learn about:

  • Running a legislative office and dealing with constituents;
  • The legislative policy making process;
  • How political factors influence the policy and legislative processes; and
  • How organized interests are represented and the role they play in the legislative process.

The program is designed to offer participants “hands-on” experience that is an invaluable addition to their academic coursework. Many legislative interns have used the experience and contact they make to help them find post-graduate employment in state government, legislative offices or the private sector. 

Interns will enroll in these three upper division courses at NC State University during the 2019 Spring semester:

  • Governmental Internship Seminar (PS 391 – 6 hours)
  • Legislative Process (PS 502 – 3 hours)
  • Legislative Leadership (PS 498 – 3 hours)

Twelve semester credit hours will be granted for transfer to the intern’s college or university.

Interns will work a minimum of 30 hours each week at the General Assembly, which convenes in January 2019. Interns will be paid $350 per week for approximately 22 weeks of the session. Typically, the General Assembly continues to pay interns who are performing well and who wish to work until they complete the session.  NC State University housing is usually available; however, interns may live anywhere they choose in the Triangle area.

Participation in the Legislative Internship Program is restricted to students who are regularly enrolled as advanced undergraduates (juniors and seniors) in accredited degree-granting institutions of higher learning in North Carolina.  Priority in making appointments will be given to upper-division students with strong preparation in political science, economics, sociology or other social sciences.

Tuition and fees for the program:

  • In-State:           $4,440.23
  • Out-of-State:    $13,199.73

In most cases, students receiving financial assistance from their current institution can arrange to have the support applied to tuition and fees for the Internship. This means continuing support can be worked out by the intern, the Director of the Legislative Internship Program and the appropriate financial officer or faculty member from that current institution.

Completed applications including an application form, an official transcript, and three letters of reference (two of which should be from faculty members, including a member of the major department), must be received by Dr. Anthony Solari by the close of business on Friday, October 26. Approximately 20 applicants will be selected for personal interviews to be conducted on Skype or in person on Friday, November 9. Appointments will be made by a committee comprised of the program director, staff from the School of Public and International Affairs and, possibly, the legislature. Prospective interns will be notified by November 16, 2018.

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