The Portland Community College Legislative Internship is a unique opportunity funded through student activity fees. Students will intern with legislators in Salem, learn about the legislative process, and represent the diverse student population of PCC.
We are looking for qualified students, regardless of personal or political ideology, to represent PCC and its diverse student population. Those students will receive a tuition waiver for the internship class in Winter and Spring terms, as well as a stipend for travel to the capitol.
Are you interested?
Applications are due November 5th by 11:59pm
Students will commit to attending classroom lectures on Tuesdays (time TBD) from January 8th to the 29th, as well as attending Oregon Legislative Days in Salem on Thursday, January 10th.
Students are expected to secure their own placement in a legislative office no later than January 10th (help and resources will be available). We expect students will maintain contact with us and meet all required deadlines.Interns will start working in the Capitol on February 5th and intern on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am – 5pm through the end of the term (excluding finals week).
Expectations, procedures, legislative process, and many other helpful and supportive information will be discussed during the lecture class.
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 in creating access for all to higher education.
What do previous interns think?
“There is nothing like seeing government in action for yourself: being there when a constituent meets with a Representative, witnessing a committee hearing, being on the House floor when votes are taken- these experiences demystify the process of government. This type of internship at the very least helps the participant become a better informed citizen, and I believe programs like these are crucial to groom the activists and leaders of tomorrow.”Nicole Cathcart
“The opportunity to work with State Senator Chip Shields and his amazing office staff; Amanda Hess and Justin Boro, gave me a hands on experience to engage the political process as well as learn more about how our State Government functions. I am thankful that PCC helped to create this amazing experience.”Tony Funchess
“This has been the best opportunity of my life. I have learned so many things and met so many great people, and it is definitely not an experience I will forget. It’s not often that people get excited about getting up at 5:30 in the morning to go to a desk job, but it has been so enjoyable that I’m willing to give up as much sleep as possible to be involved in such an opportunity.”Lexi Bass
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