Interested in interning at the state Capitol next winter? Attend an info session during the lunch hour (12:15-1:15) on Tuesday October 1st in WCG 110.
The Washington State Legislative Intern Program offers a terrific opportunity for undergraduate juniors and seniors from all majors to learn the legislative process while gaining professional work experience. Interns are placed in the office of a state senator or state representative with similar interests. Last winter session, 8 UWT students were selected to participate.
This is a paid internship, and you’ll receive 15 academic credits. If your major is PP&E or Law and Policy, the internship satisfies your capstone requirement.
A program coordinator from the Legislature will be present at this info session. More information on the program can be found on the program’s web page. Applications will be due next October. Information on the application process is available on the program website.
What: Information Session about Washington State’s Legislative Internship Program
Where: WCG 110
When: 12:15-1:15 Tuesday Oct 1st
Watch a 4 minute video on the program that features former UWT interns (go to link above and scroll down).
Meet Rania Elbasiony, one of UW Tacoma’s seniors and legislative intern extraordinaire in the Washington State House of Representatives. We caught up with her and asked us to answer some Internship program as a “really great hands-on approach to learning about our state’s legislative process”. A professor’s recommendation brought her to the internship program which is fitting as the draw of “small class sizes…and greater access to…build closer relationships with both my professors and fellow students” was what brought her to UW Tacoma. Rania describes loving the close-to-home downtown campus here as well as the quality education that with a much more affordable tuition.
A Law & Policy major with a minor in Business Administration, Rania has taken advantage of the urban-serving campus and its many opportunities. “I think that being a law and policy major has really helped me gain a basic understanding of how our legal system works, which will benefit me when I look for jobs in the legal field as well as when I attend law school in the future.” In addition to the interning at the State Legislature, Rania has interned with the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. She has also worked directly with the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Neighborhood Councils in the Fieldwork in Law and Policy class taught by her favorite professor, Lucas McMillan. When asked how she picked her favorite, Rania said, “I’ve had several great professors during my time here, but he manages to be my favorite because no professor of mine has been able to match his level of optimism. He comes into the classroom with a positive attitude and knows how to get his students engaged. Additionally, you can tell that he truly cares about his students learning and always goes above and beyond for his students when they need his help. Not to mention, he is very knowledgeable in his field.”
When asked about what classes she drew most on for success in her internships she credits the Intro to American Legal System and Intro to American Politics for helping her come “to the job with that foundational knowledge of how state government works, which helped ease my transition into a new environment. My field work class and internship at the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office also helped me because it allowed me to strengthen my interpersonal and networking skills.”
On that note, Rania’s suggestion for others who might want to follow a path similar to hers is “volunteering and getting involved with different student groups and organizations. It’s a great way to start networking and meeting people who could potentially lead you to future employment. Additionally, volunteering is a great way to see if the career you are currently interested in is a good fit for you. Also, if you have room to do so, take classes you are interested in even if it doesn’t relate to your major. Last but not least, in the midst of the chaos that school can be, don’t forget to take care of yourself because your mental and physical well-being is important.”
This winter eight UWT students spent the winter quarter working for the State Legislature as members of the state’s Legislative Internship Program. About 60 students statewide are selected each year, and this year UWT had more students participating than any other school. Interns work directly for members of the Senate or House. On the House side, Rania Elbasiony (senior, Law & Policy) interned for Reps. Chopp, Sullivan and Peterson; Alex Morrison (senior, Politics Philosophy & Economics) for Reps. Schmick, Tharinger and Dent; and Kegan Ross (senior, SIAS) for Reps. Leavitt and Fey. Alex Seddon (senior, Politics, Philosophy & Economics) worked in Sen. Mark Mullet’s office, Alexandria Swanson (senior Law & Policy) for Sen. Ann Rivers, Maria Colocho (senior, Law & Policy) for Sen. Mona Das, Shelby Wiedmann (senior, Politics, Philosophy & Economics) for Sen. Patty Kuderer, and Andrew Volgelgesang (senior, Politics, Philosophy & Economics) for Sen. John Braun. The internship requires a full time commitment for the winter term, although many of the interns have opted to remain for the rest of the session, which is scheduled to finish at the end of April. All students earn 15 credits, and complete substantial academic work in addition to their work with the Legislature.
Three other PPPA students also interned in Olympia this winter. Walter Smit worked full time for the Washington State Secretary of State’s Office, a position that had him testifying twice before Senate and House Committees. Theresa Leo interned with the Washington State Board of Education; and for the second year in a row, Adan Espino spent the quarter lobbying in Olympia on behalf of UWT students.
If you are a senior looking to meet your PP&E or Law and Policy capstone requirement, consider an internship this Winter. You can find out more by attending an info session next Thursday:
Info Session on Internships
When: Thursday Nov 8, 2018, 12:30 pm
Where: WCG 322
We have a number of terrific internship opportunities available, from working for members of the US Congress, to interning with the Pierce County public defender’s office, the County Prosecutor, to working for the city of Tacoma. There are additional opportunities in Olympia, such as working with the Attorney General’s office, the Secretary of State, the State Auditor.or the State of Washington Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. We also can offer internships in policy, such as with the Washington Policy Center in Seattle. If interested in learning more, attend the session above. If interested but not able to attend, contact Professor Katie Baird (firstname.lastname@example.org), as space in the internship is limited!
PPPA students have been hard at work in the community through their internship placements this quarter. Here are six interns to share their experiences in administrative law, criminal justice, and politics:
Phillip Ramirez (center).
Phillip Ramirez: “I’m interning with the Pierce County Prosecutors office and specifically assigned to the juvenile division at Remann Hall. This internship has been an amazing opportunity to see how juvenile court operates, opening my eyes to a system that is often overlooked when studying the law. Its been great to get hands on experience doing legal assistant work, witnessing court dockets, going out into Pierce County with probation officers, and discussing Washington State juvenile law with the prosecutors that work here.” Continue reading
This quarter, PPPA students have been hard at work in the community through their internship placements. In this final post, we share updates from three more of our interns.
Gabi Gutierrez (L) and Autumn Nguyen (R), pictured with Glenn Glover, Chief Investigator at the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel.
Major: Law and Policy ’18
Placement: Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel
“Interning at the Department of Assigned Counsel has been an amazing experience for me. When I first became a part of this internship I did not know a lot about how our Criminal Justice System function daily; let alone ever even set foot in a courtroom! This internship allows me to see all types of career opportunities and the more I learn the more inspired I am to apply for law school. I have met a lot of people in this internship that has given me a lot of good advice and opportunities to better myself as an individual as well as a future law school student studying criminal law. Working at my internship I do see that our Criminal Justice System is very broken, but it only inspires me more to finish school and to be able to start making a difference in our community along with others who share the same passion.” Continue reading
This quarter, PPPA students have been hard at work in the community through their internship placements. In this first of two posts, we share updates from four of our interns.
Lily Wong, pictured with Congressman Denny Heck.
Major: Law and Policy, Human Rights minor
Placement: Office of Congressman Denny Heck
“I’m really enjoying the internship. Continue reading
This quarter, four UW Tacoma students have been hard at work in our state’s Capitol. Andy Brown, Monica Cysensky, and Barbie Weaver are participating in the Washington State Legislative Internship program, and Adán Espino, Jr. is UW Tacoma’s student lobbyist in Olympia. As the quarter draws to a close, we’re checking in with these students to learn about their experiences so far.
Andy Brown, a Law and Policy major, is working for Senator Steve O’Ban, Legislative District #28.
Andy Brown, pictured at the Supreme Court Bench.
Andy says, “This experience has given me an entirely new outlook on what it takes to enact new legislation and be a part of the Washington State Legislature. It is a very fast paced Continue reading
UWT grads are increasingly walking the halls of the state capitol! This year, three former students are employed as Legislative Assistants for members of the legislature. All three got their feet wet in state politics through their participation in our internship courses. Anna Nepomuceno (far left) is the LA for Rep. Jake Fey (D-27th District). Anna graduated last year with a major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Derek Zable (second from left), is the LA for Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45th District). He graduated five years ago, and also majored in PP&E. Nick Russell (far right) works in Sen. Hans Zeiger (R-25th District). He too was a PP&E major, and graduated three years ago. Last month the three alums met with our current interns in the state legislature. Shown here are Barbie Weaver (center) and Andy Brown (second from right). Not shown are interns Adan Espino and Monica Cysensky.
This quarter, four of our students have interned in various locations, most in Tacoma, but one in far-flung Azerbaijan! Aaron Guzman (left), is graduating this quarter in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. This quarter he was an investigative intern with Pierce County’s Department of Assigned Counsel, working with alleged criminals during pre-trial procedures. “I’ve been learning a lot about investigations,” Aaron says. “My supervisor provides us with real world experience, and I enjoy going to court houses and jails. Now more than ever, I’m interested in a career in federal law enforcement.” Aaron’s supervisor Glenn Glover calls Aaron a “great asset,” and was glad to have him join their team.
Meanwhile, across the globe, Emma Watkins (senior, Politics, Philosophy and Economics) spent last summer in Azerbaijan, a country nestled between Armenia, Russia, Georgia, and Iran. Continue reading