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The Legislative Internship must be completed for academic credit at a four-year college or university.  Before applying, all students must arrange for a faculty member to oversee their academic credit for the internship (the faculty sponsor is usually the professor of record on the intern's transcript).  Applicants must provide the name and contact information of their faculty sponsor on the application form. 

Some schools have additional pre-application steps to be completed with the career office or campus coordinator.  Campus contacts for most schools in Washington are listed below.  If you attend a school that is not on this list, contact your career or internship office and talk to your advisor to identify a faculty sponsor and make sure you can receive credit before you apply.

Central Washington University - Des Moines

Angela Engel
Career Counselor
(206) 439-3800 X 3841
engela@cwu.edu

Students are encouraged to meet with Angela Engel and their advisor prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor. 

Central Washington University - Ellensburg

JoAnn Ryan
Office Assistant, Cooperative Education
(509) 963-2405
ryanjo@cwu.edu

Professor Todd Schaefer
Department of Political Science

(509) 963-3675

schaefet@cwu.edu
 

Students are encouraged to meet with JoAnn Ryan and their advisor prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor. 

Central Washington University - Lynnwood

Merridy Rennick
Career Counselor
(425) 640-1574  X 3878
RennickM@cwu.EDU

Students are encouraged to meet with Merridy Rennick and their advisor prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor. 

Eastern Washington University

Romeal Watson
Internship Coordinator
(509) 359-4637

rjwatson@mail.ewu.edu

Kevin Pirch
Government Department
(509) 35-2413

kpirch@mail.ewu.edu

Students are encouraged to meet with Romeal Watson and their advisor prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor. 

The Evergreen State College - Olympia Campus

Jean Eberhardt
Academic Advising
(360) 867-5621
eberharj@evergreen.edu

Evergreen Olympia students must have completed one year of interdisciplinary study, with at least 16 credits of curriculum at the Olympia campus. Students are encouraged to meet with Jean Eberhardt in Academic Advising to learn more about the program, review the application process and materials, and sign up for small group mock interviews. Dr. Cheri Lucas-Jennings (lucasc@evergreen.edu) is the designated faculty sponsor for all Evergreen students. 

The Evergreen State College - Tacoma Campus

Shawn Harris
Student Services Coordinator
(253) 680-300
harrissh@evergreen.edu

Professor Tyrus Smith
(253) 680-3035 
smitht@evergreen.edu

Tacoma program students must complete two quarters of studies at the Tacoma campus before qualifying for this internship.  Students should meet with Shawn Harris and/or Dr. Tyrus Smith prior to applying. Dr. Cheri Lucas-Jennings is the designated faculty sponsor for all Evergreen students. 

Heritage University

Melissa Hill 
Asst. VP of Student Affairs 
(509) 865-8561 or (509) 865-8500 ext 217 
Hill_M@heritage.edu

Students must meet with Melissa and the Career Services office prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor.

Gonzaga University

Chris Ryman 
Internship Manager, Career Center
(509) 313-4092
ryman@gonzaga.edu

Professor Blaine Garvin
Political Science Department
(509) 313-6745
garvin@calvin.gonzaga.edu

Students are encouraged to meet with the Career Center prior to applying. Students are responsible for securing their own faculty sponsor.

Northwest University

Professor Kevin Cooney
Political Science Department
(425) 889-5344
kevin.cooney@northwestu.edu

Pacific Lutheran University

Director of Academic Internships
(253) 535-7324

intern@plu.edu

If selected, interns must complete a Learning Agreement. The Academic Internships Office provides support for students working on applications and interviews. Students are responsible for securing their own faculty sponsor.

St. Martin's University

Ann Adams
Career Services
(360) 486-8842
aadams@stmartin.edu

Professor Roger Snider
Political Science Department
(360) 438-4346
rsnider@stmartin.edu

Interested students from any department should meet with Dr. Snider to discuss the internship.  Dr. Snider is the faculty sponsor for political science majors.  Student outside the political science department must also meet with their faculty advisor to meet department requirements (class standing, etc.) and secure a faculty sponsor.  The Career Center provides support for application and interviews and can help with referrals to faculty.

Seattle Pacific University

Rick Sass
Career Development Center                                       
(206) 281- 2485

sassr@spu.edu

Students are encouraged to meet with the Career Development Center and their advisor prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor. 

Seattle University

Sarah Thomson
Associate Director of External Relations, Career Services            
(206) 296-6088
thomsons@seattleu.edu

Students are encouraged to meet with Career Services and their advisor prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor.

University of Puget Sound

Internship Coordinator
(253) 879- 3161
ces@pugetsound.edu

Students must meet with the CES Internship Coordinator prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor. 

University of Washington - Bothell

David Brown
Career Counselor                                                               
Career Services                                                                         
(425) 352-5210
dbrown@uwb.edu

Students are encouraged to meet with David Brown in Career Services prior to applying to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor. 

University of Washington - Seattle

Mark Weitzenkamp
Academic Counselor, Political Science Academic Advising
(206) 543-1824
weitzen@uw.edu

Students are encouraged to meet with Mark Weitzenkamp prior to applying. Professor John Wilkerson is the designated faculty sponsor for all students from UW-Seattle.

University of Washington - Tacoma

Julie Miller
Internship Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
(253) 692-4630
jmmiller@uw.edu

Professor Ann Frost
(253) 692-4790
acfrost@uw.edu

Internship course information is available on UWT's website.  Professor Ann Frost is the designated faculty sponsor for all students from UW-Tacoma.

 
David Lindstrom
Director, Career Center
(509) 527-2664
david.lindstrom@wallawalla.edu

Requirements and credits vary by department. Students should talk with their advisor and meet with David Lindstrom at the Career Center to prepare their application and arrange to receive credit for the internship. Students are responsible for securing their own faculty sponsor.

Washington State University

Richard Elgar 
Internship Coordinator, Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy 
(509) 335-3477 
relgar@wsu.edu

Internship policies are available on the Foley Institute's website. Students must meet with their advisor to discuss credit and to arrange for an appropriate faculty sponsor.

Washington State University - Vancouver

Lindy Volk
Internship Coordinator                                                                                                  
(360) 546-9475
lsakamoto@vancouver.wsu.edu

Students should meet with Lindy Volk to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor.

Western Washington University

Professor Sara Singleton
Political Science Department
(360) 650-4880
sara.singleton@wwu.edu

Students must have junior standing (at least 89 credits completed), a 2.75 GPA and completion of at least two Political Science classes. Students who do not meet the GPA or coursework requirements may be eligible based on other experience or equivalent demonstrated political knowledge. Professor Sara Singleton is the designated faculty sponsor for all students from Western.

Whitworth University

Sandy Nowack
Internship Director
(509) 777-4541
snowack@whitworth.edu

Students are encouraged meet with Sandy Nowak in the Career Center to discuss the internship and identify an appropriate faculty sponsor. Political science students must meet with Professor Julia Stronks to discuss faculty sponsorship.