The California State Assembly Internship Program offers college students a unique opportunity to participate in and experience the work of a state assembly office. Applicants are expected to commit to at least 10 hours per week.
One of the most important roles of a district office is to keep the local community connected with the legislative work taking place in Sacramento. This is accomplished through community-based events, constituent casework, correspondence, and everyday involvement with the AD-18 community. As an intern, you will provide support to District and Capitol staff with special events, constituent services and inquiries, and special projects related to general administrative duties of the district office.
The ideal candidate must be currently enrolled or have graduated from an undergraduate or community college program. The ideal candidate will have a major in Political Science, Journalism, History, International Relations, Public Policy, Economics, English, Communications, Public Relations, or another similar major; however, all majors are welcome to apply. Additionally, the following qualifications are critical:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work with minimal
- Critical thinking and creative problem solving
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing deadlines simultaneously
Although unpaid, interns receive important and lasting benefits such as an extensive understanding of legislative processes, strengthened research skills, networking and professional development gained by working directly with elected officials, community leaders, and local residents on issues and events related to AD-18 and the State of California. Staff plays an involved role in mentoring and supporting our interns pursuing careers in the public service sector. Interns have the opportunity to earn a letter of recommendation from the Assemblymember and may also qualify for internship credit from their university or college.
Many legislators and senior policy staff began their careers by interning in a district office. It is an invaluable way of understanding California’s democratic process, as well as an excellent opportunity to make important contacts while serving the community.
Interns will gain valuable education and work experience by fully participating in agreed-upon work hours. All internship work is voluntary and students will not receive any monetary compensation.
Please complete the below application and submit all the required materials. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted. As space becomes available, qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Thank you for your interest in this unique opportunity to serve AD-18.