Every spring semester Utah Valley University sends a group of students to the State Capitol to intern for Representatives and Senators during the Utah Legislative Session.  Interns act as a Chief of Staff to legislators during the 45-day period and have a front row seat to the legislative process.  Legislative intern responsibilities may include but are not limited to: constituent correspondence, media relations, policy research, social media outreach, bill tracking, scheduling and secretarial duties. Interns are paid a stipend of roughly $2,700 for their 6 week internship. The 2021 Utah State Legislative Session starts on Monday, January 25th and goes until Thursday, March 11th.


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.


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
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Commit to all time requirements necessary for the internship

* Please note that this internship is open to all majors


During the first three weeks of the spring semester, UVU interns are required to take a preparatory course offered through UVU’s Political Science and Communication Departments, The Hinckley Institute, and UVU Internship Services. The three week course schedule is held all-day, with one week of curriculum held at the Utah State Capitol.  The course is designed to better equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed while interning. In addition, during the session interns will attend lunch seminars once a week to discuss ongoing legislation, state policy and local politics with UVU’s Vice President of University Relations, Cameron Martin.  The internship, preparation course, and weekly seminars combined total 12 credits. Students are not allowed to take any additional credits or have any other work commitments during internship.


Applications are submitted online through 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 in length, any topic, may be an excerpt)
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Letter of Recommendation (professional or academic)

Spring 2021 Application Deadline:

October 25th, 2020 at 11:59 PM


Please contact Jakell Larson, UVU Internship Manager for Government and High Impact Internships, with any questions.

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