“Being an Intern for the Connecticut General Assembly was one of the single greatest things that I have experienced in my life. Not only did I learn how my State Legislature functions, but thanks to the program I met people who not only share my interest in State governance and policy but have also helped me grow both personally and professionally. I am far better off for having been a part of the Legislative Internship Program and I could not recommend it higher to anyone who has an interest in seeing the nuts and bolts of State Government from the inside.”
“The Connecticut General Assembly Internship really helped me appreciate the complexity of policy creation within the State of Connecticut. It helped me to learn a lot about the type of worker I am and focus my attentions on the type of career I wish to pursue.”
The CGA Legislative Internship Program (LIP) is offered in the Spring academic semester to correspond with the Connecticut General Assembly’s Legislative Session. The LIP offers a unique opportunity for students to earn credit through an experiential learning program that includes job training, academic research, career development and field trips. While working at the General Assembly, interns gain exclusive, behind-the-scenes insight into the legislator’s roles, politics and the policy making process.
- Interns are assigned to individual legislators as support staff. Intern duties can include: bill analysis and tracking; research and writing testimonies, news releases and speeches; and constituent casework.
- Interns receive job specific training including a mandatory two-day job orientation, Connecticut Legislative process, bill tracking and policy research, constituent case work, career development seminars on resume writing, interviewing, and forums with potential employers.
- Interns lead and participate in committees to develop Mock Session, forums and social events.
- Interns can attend optional field trips offered to enhance contextual understanding of State policy issues.
All undergraduate students who are attending two or four-year colleges or universities in Connecticut, and state residents attending out-of-state colleges, may apply to the program.
Minimum qualifications for acceptance include:
· 18 years of age or older by program start
· 20 credits completed by program start (No more than 3 can be AP)
· a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
· registered in a campus based internship course (varies by institution) that awards credit for the internship