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UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: An internship at the Minnesota House gives students an opportunity to use their knowledge and talents in a professional setting, while acquiring new skills and further knowledge of the political process. Over the course of an internship, participants are asked to handle a wide variety of duties essential to the legislative process and designed to provide them with a valuable educational experience. Some of these responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research on specific issues
  • Monitoring and reporting on committee meetings for legislators
  • Researching and drafting responses to constituent inquiries
  • Summarizing reports or bills
  • Conducting opinion surveys
  • Writing press releases
  • Assisting with mail and telephone contacts
  • Contacting other legislators, administrative personnel, and lobbyists


POLICY ON COMPENSATION
Interns do not receive a stipend or compensation for their services. Internships at the Minnesota House of Representatives are entirely volunteer-based, providing interns the opportunity to engage in a rewarding educational experience.


APPLICATION AND PLACEMENT
The Minnesota House of Representatives Internship Program offers internships during the course of regular legislative session and we begin accepting applications in the fall of each year. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials starting in mid-November to allow staff time to review and place interns.


The House Sergeant at Arms' Office works with both students and members to place prospective interns. Intern selection and placement considers students' educational and professional abilities and goals as well as the needs of members and participating House departments.


Address:
Minnesota House of Representatives
Internship Program - Sergeant's Office
B17 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155

Andrew Olson, Assistant Sergeant
Phone: (651) 296-7452
Fax: (651) 296-1550
E-mail: Andrew.Olson@house.mn