About the Program
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Since 1969, the Legislative Internship Program has sought to offer Connecticut college students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about how state government works, through direct experience in the legislative offices of the Connecticut General Assembly
With the mission to provide educational opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting, our program is tailored to acquaint students with both the formal and informal aspects of the legislative process. Accordingly, the program provides training, academic examination, and encourages a high level of personal interaction between legislators, staff and the interns assigned to work with them.
While serving within the Connecticut General Assembly, our interns gain exclusive insight and access to the legislative players and policy making process. Paired with our academic and supplemental programming, our program offers a unique opportunity for students to explore careers in public service while earning credit, practical experience, and professional connections that will last a lifetime.
Click here to see what previous interns have said about their experience.
What Sort of Work Do Interns Do?
The majority of our interns are assigned to work with individual Legislators and Senators as support staff, in the House and Senate Democrats and House and Senate Republican offices of the Connecticut General Assembly. Duties for a Legislative Intern will vary from office to office, but can include:
- bill tracking and analysis,
- policy research,
- drafting of news releases, speeches, and/or testimony,
- liaison work
- constituent casework
- committee support
- social media
- administrative functions
Click here to see the job description for our Legislative Interns.
Who is Eligible?
All undergraduate students enrolled and matriculated in an accredited undergraduate degree program at a two or four year institution of higher education in the state. Those already holding a Bachelor's Degree are not eligible for program participation.
CT residents attending out-of-state colleges are eligible to apply, but should contact us directly prior to application to the program.
Minimum program qualifications include:
- be 18 years of age or older by January program start
- have competed 20 credits by January program start (no more than 3 AP credits can be counted towards this minimum)
- possess a minimum 2.7 grade point average (At time of application)
- be registered for a course (varies by institution) in order to receive credit for the internship
While our program requirements are listed above, each sponsoring institution has their own qualifications and requirements for program participation. Please contact your on-campus advisor (see list here) to find out what those are.
Schedule and Academic Credit Hours
Internship opportunities through our program are offered only in the Spring Semester (Jan-May). Applications are posted in the preceding September and due, with all application components, no later than November 1st. No Fall or Summer Internships are available at this time.
Every intern is required to be enrolled and matriculated in an accredited undergraduate degree program and registered to earn academic credit for participation in our internship through a corresponding course at their sponsoring institution.
The specific amount of credit granted to each student differs based on hours of service and school. To find out how many hours of credit you may obtain by participating in this program, please contact your on-campus advisor (see list here).
The Legislative Internship Program Year runs from January to May, corresponding with the spring academic semester and the Legislative Session of the Connecticut General Assembly.
Interns begin in late January with a required two-day Orientation Program (traditionally the third week of the month), and serve through early May. Students are required to attend the entire Orientation Program to participate in the legislative placement. For the 2022 session, LIP Orientation will be Thursday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Jan 21 , 2022 from 8:30-5 p.m.
Any student applying for the program must be willing to commit to the entire program year.
Both full-time and part-time internships are available, following the standard eight hour workday. See our primary schedules below:
Days per Week
Number of Hours per Week
Monday - Friday
** Additional days can be added, should credit be granted from the sponsoring institution. Please note, however, these would be in addition to the established Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedules, and cannot replace one of the offered days.
Required Academic Work
Every student participating in the Legislative Internship Program is required to complete academic work in addition to their legislative work assignments, trainings, workshops and field trips.
You will be assigned:
- 1 3-part bill tracking research project (10-12 pages total)
- 3 reflection essays (500 word each)
- 1 interview summary with questions (3-5 pages)
Further explanation of assignments and support will be offered during the program. The academic assignments comprise 30% of the total evaluation score that is sent to the academic institution that awards your grade. Your college or university may also require academic work in addition to the academic work of the Legislative Internship Program. You should discuss all of the academic requirements including the academic requirements of the Legislative internship when you meet with your campus liaison.
In addition to your Legislative placement work and required academic work, interns will be offered optional career development workshops, forums, field trips and programs throughout the length of the legislative session.
The Connecticut General Assembly Internship Program is administered by the statutorily created Committee on Legislative Staff Internships (CGS-2-84), along with the Internship Committee Director.
The Committee is a bi-partisan body with bi-partisan co-chairs, who alternate between the respective houses in each successive term. Their principal responsibility is the development and oversight of Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) internship program and policies. The Committee conducts all intern interviews and is responsible for intern assignment within the four caucuses. (See Selection and Placement below)
Since 1980, the Committee has retained the services of an administrator to serve as Director. The Director is responsible for the implementation of the Committee’s policies, administration and facilitation of the Legislative Internship Program (LIP), coordination and council of interns, as well as monitoring and reporting on intern performance and evaluation.
Selection and Placement
Selection is made by the Committee on Legislative Staff Internships. The Committee will interview candidates and decide who will be offered an internship for the coming legislative session. A workable and mutually beneficial relationship between legislator and intern is a major goal of the interview process.
Interns are assigned to Legislative Leaders, Committee Chairs, Ranking Members and individual legislators. Appointments will be communicated to applicants in December following interviews.
Although students from all disciplines are considered, preference is given to upperclassmen, and students whose experience and academic background offer some preparation for the work they will undertake. In addition, some consideration is given to contributions which the applicant has made to his or her college and community, as well as the applicability of the internship to future career goals.
The Selection and Placement timeline is as follows:
Application period begins with application posting on website.
Program applications and all corresponding materials are due.
Late November/Early December:
Interviews are held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Offers to participate are extended to students.
Students have one week to respond with their acceptance or rejection.
~ Legislator assignments are announced.
~ Mandatory Two Day Orientation. Students must attend both days
~ Placements Officially Begin (week following Orientation).