Every Spring semester, the Gary R. Herbert Institute and Utah Valley University send a group of students to the State Capitol to intern for Representatives and Senators during the Utah Legislative Session.  Interns will act as a Chief of Staff 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 $2,700 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. 


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
  • 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


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 the Gary R. Herbert Institute. The two week course schedule is held all-day, with the second week of curriculum held at the Utah State Capitol.  Assignments may be given prior to the start of spring semester (during the holiday break). The course is 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 internship, preparation course, and weekly seminars combine to total 12 credits. If you do not need all 12 credits, please speak with the UVU Government Internship Manager.  

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 on any topic; may be an excerpt)
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (professional and/or academic)

Spring 2023 Application Deadline:

November 3rd, 2022 at 11:59 PM


Please contact me if you have any questions.

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