FAQ Internships

Q: How does the class work?

A: You will be matched with a Kansas Legislator for the Spring session and you will work in that legislators office for at least 12 days and 96 hours during the session. The Speaker Pro Tem’s office and Senate majority office will do the matching. You will be matched with a Republican or Democrat based on your preference.

Q: What is the Clyde Hill internship and is it really paid?

A: This internship program is exclusive to Washburn University and was founded by former Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives Clyde Hill. Clyde Hill interns will be paid a stipend ranging from $1000 - $3000 (depending on the office in which the intern is placed). Hill interns are placed in the Republican and Democratic leadership offices in the Kansas House and Senate. Hill interns are expected to work regular hours during the session, usually 15-20 hours per week but possibly more depending on the nature of the internship. Successful Hill interns in the past have ended up with full-time jobs after graduation in various state and national government offices.

Q: What is the Mayoral internship and is it really paid?

A: This internship program is exclusive to Washburn University and yes, it does come with a stipend of anywhere from $1000-$3000. The stipend depends on the number of hours the student interns for during the semester. The intern will work in the office of the Topeka mayor for 15-20 hours a week.  Duties will include a wide range of activities related to the functioning of the mayor’s office.

Q: How does the “application” process work?

A: You need to fill out an application and return it to Dr. Beatty via email or pick one up in the Political Science office (HC 215) and return it to the office or Dr. Beatty or Dr. Peterson. You will also need to submit a writing sample with your application. If you want to be considered for a Hill internship or Mayoral internship, you need to fill out pages 3-8 of the application and include a resume. The application will go to the Legislature and then you’ll be matched with a legislator.

Q: What is the deadline?

A: Second Friday in October.

Q: Can the internship be used to satisfy the WTE?

A: Yes. The internship could fall under Leadership WTE, creative and scholarly if you wanted to do a project while in the internship. Details>>

Q: Can I arrange my own internship with a certain legislator?

A: Yes, you can arrange your own legislative internship. If you do so you still need to fill out the application forms and send them to Dr. Betty.

Q: Can I get an internship with a non-legislator, such as the Governor or at a state agency?

A: Yes, you can intern with the Governor, Lt. Governor, a cabinet member, state agency, etc. in lieu of a legislator, if you can arrange such an internship on your own.

Q: How many hours do I have to work?

A: The Speaker Pro-Tem asks for a minimum of 12 days equaling 96 hours total. You can work more days and more hours if you like. You will work out your schedule with your legislator.

Q: Will we also meet for class in addition to our work for our legislator?

A: No. We will meet at the beginning of the term for a Washburn orientation meeting, but the internship is your “classroom.”

Q: What will be the requirements for the class?

1. Successful completion of your internship and satisfactory rating of you by the legislator

2. A journal detailing and analyzing your experiences in committee meetings, floor sessions, and other aspects of a legislators job, including constituent service.

3. A term paper of 10-13 pages.

4. Other requirements as specified in the syllabus.

5. Requirements of the internship program, which can include a policy proposal. 

You will also have to attend an intern orientation run by the legislature in early January.

Q: Is it true that HN 202 counts for general education?

A: Yes! And, you don’t have to be in the Honors program to take the class. Community service: Go to the specific WTE websites

If you want to do WTE under leadership, contact Jeff Mott at the Leadership Institute ; for community service, contact Rick Ellis

See below for more information on the specific details for WTE

Q: Anything else?

A: Yes. Students should not take this class if they cannot act professional nor meet the commitments required. Students who regularly miss class, sleep through tests, have trouble looking halfway presentable, etc., should probably avoid this class because I will have to expel them if they start embarrassing themselves in the legislature. Only take the class if you feel you can work in the state legislature in a professional manner.

And, please email Dr. Beatty if you have any other questions! If not, fill out the application and get it back to Dr. Beatty. If you would like to look at the syllabus before you decide to sign up, email Dr. Beatty.

Specific Details for WTE:  Leadership

Requirements for Completing the Leadership Experience (WTE)

Students electing the Leadership Transformational Experience will 1) complete with a grade of “C” or better at least 3 semester hours of college coursework consisting of an academic study of leadership (e.g., LE100, NU479 or any other course, provided that the unit offering the course endorses it as an academic study of leadership); and 2) serves in one or more functional leadership roles for a minimum of 150 hours.

Students will work with a mentor and Leadership WTE Committee to include in their functional leadership roles a specific focus on 1) how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own leadership skills and 2) how a leader becomes an effective change agent.

Requirements for Completing the Community Service Experience (WTE)

Students participating in the community service transformational experience are required to complete 150 hours of service. A mentor will guide each student through this WTE. While engaged in direct service, students will meet with a mentor and other students at least four times per semester to reflect on their experiences. These meetings will help students to develop a service focus complementing their interests and academic pursuits