Spring 2024 Application Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2023

Every Spring semester, the Gary R. Herbert Institute and Utah Valley University send a group of students to the State Capitol in Salt Lake City to intern for representatives and senators during the Utah Legislative Session.  Interns will act as a the sole staff member to assigned legislators during the 45-day period, and have a front row seat to government operations and legislative processes.  Legislative intern responsibilities have included constituent correspondence, media relations, policy research, social media outreach, bill tracking, scheduling and administrative duties.

Interns are paid a stipend of roughly $4,000 for the 6 week internship. The 2023 Utah State Legislative Session starts on Tuesday, January 17th and goes until Friday, March 3rd, but students will need to be available full time starting January 2nd.




Why Apply

The Utah State Legislature Internship is a highly competitive and prestigious internship because of the high profile interactions and responsibilities. This internship would be beneficial to a student in any major because of the comprehensive nature of the duties and the benefit of having experience working with policy. This internship will immerse you in communications, policy, research, government, and social situations- all of which would be beneficial to whichever career path you find yourself in.





Herbert with interns 2023




In order to apply an applicant must:

  • Be a current UVU student with Sophomore, Junior or Senior status
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Commit to all time requirements necessary for the internship
  • Have access to a laptop to use for the entire legislative session

* Please note that this internship is open to all majors

Preparatory Course & Credit

During the first three weeks of January, Herbert Legislative Interns are required to take preparatory courses offered through UVU’s Political Science and Communication Departments, the Hinckley Institute, and the Gary R. Herbert Institute. 

A two-week, full-day credited course is held at UVU during the first two weeks of January, followed by one week of on-site training with the Hinckley Institute held at the Utah State Capitol.  Assignments may be given prior to the start of spring semester (during the holiday break). These courses are designed to better equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed during their time with the Legislature. Interns will also attend lunch seminars once a week throughout the Session to discuss ongoing legislation, state policy and local politics.  The UVU preparation course, weekly seminars, and internship course typically combine to total 12 credits. If you do not need all 12 credits, please speak with the UVU Government Internship Manager.

Note: Credits for your specific graduation requirements is up to your department and advisors. 



POLS 4850 - State Legislative Internship Seminar  OR  COMM 350R - Special Topics Utah Legislative Internship   (3 Credits)
POLS 420R Issues and Topics in Political Science (3 Credits)
Internship Course - Talk to your internship coordinator (Up to 6 Credits)

Legislaitve Internship Information Panel 

October 12, 2023



Submit all application materials at the link below. After applications have been collected and reviewed, final candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Committee; selections are made at the beginning of November.  Specific dates and the application for the current year, are posted in August.

Materials Needed:

  • Cover Letter (In the letter, please address why you are interested in the Utah State Legislature Internship and what you hope to learn from the experience)
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (3-5 pages on any topic; may be an excerpt)
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (professional and/or academic)

Spring 2024 Application Deadline:

November 3rd, 2023 at 11:59 PM

Apply Here

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