Oregon Legislative Internship Program

The Portland Community College Oregon Legislative Internship is a unique collaboration between PCC’s Offices of Civic Leadership Development, Career Services, Government Relations and the Political Sciences Department. Students have the opportunity to intern in the State Capitol for an Elected Official to learn about Oregon’s legislative process while it is in progress.

We are looking for students, regardless of personal or political ideology, who see how this experience will enhance their educational, professional or personal goals. Those who are selected will receive a tuition waiver for the PS 280A internship class in Winter term of 2024, as well as a leadership grant to assist with travel costs related to the experience.

How to apply

Complete the application!

In order to apply, students will need to complete the internship application on this site before the deadline of 11:59pm on Friday, November 10. This application requires written answers to three application questions as well as a current resume. Eligible students will be asked to schedule an interview within 10 days of the application deadline.

Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • Having a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the end of Fall term 2023
  • Maintaining a minimum of 6 credits enrolled during Winter term 2024
  • Not currently being on disciplinary probation or suspension

Information Sessions

The Office of Student Life and Civic Leadership Development will host 2 online informational sessions via Zoom. These sessions will be composed of a brief presentation providing an overview of the program followed by plenty of time for Q&A. Dates and times listed below.

Internship structure

Students are expected to secure their own placement in a legislative office no later than January 13th (help and resources will be available). We expect students will maintain contact with us and meet all required deadlines.

Internships will be in person at the Oregon Capitol, located in Salem, Oregon. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Capitol. The travel stipend is intended to supplement some of the costs associated with travel, but may not be able to cover all incurred expenses.

Expectations, procedures, legislative process, and many other helpful and supportive information will be discussed during the lecture class.

What do previous interns think?

This program has had incredible success! Students thrived in the cohort experience and gained immeasurable skills working directly with legislators. This is an amazing opportunity to make a lasting impact on lawmakers and to continue PCC’s mission of creating access for all to higher education.

“The internship prepared me for my career goal by being enlightened in how the law works and impacts our community since my major is in Criminal Justice, Law and Society. I was able to link policy with social justice, transformative justice and abolition. I remember taking a class in government in high school and I never understood the curriculum because the terms were difficult for me to understand but being able to experience those terms hands on we’re way easier than the text.”Yadira Baltier-Moreno

“I didn’t have any related experience before being a legislative intern. Literally not anything. The legislative internship showed me there are so many different ways to participate in civic society, in democracy. It doesn’t necessarily need to be in government, it could be in a non-profit, it could be for a grassroots organization. There is not just one way to be a good citizen.”Matthew Hampton

Questions or concerns?

Please contact Stephen Arthur.