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Student Life and Leadership Legislative Internship

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 students, regardless of personal or political ideology, to represent PCC and its diverse student population. Those students will receive a tuition waiver for the 4 credit  internship class (PS 280A) in both Winter and Spring term of 2023, as well as a stipend to assist with travel costs related to the experience.

This program is a unique collaboration between the Office of Civic Leadership Development, PCC Political Science Department, PCC Career Services and the Office of Government Relations.

Classroom structure

This opportunity is structured into two components, an instructional component and the internship itself. For the instructional component, students will commit to  attending classroom lectures on Tuesday and Thursday at the PCC Rock Creek Campus from January 10th to the 26th from 12:00PM – 1:50PM. Students may also be required to attend one of the Oregon Legislative Days for the 2023 Legislative Session, in Salem during the weeks of December 5th. Finally, during the session itself, interns will be required to attend a weekly zoom meeting on Friday afternoons.  

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.

Are you interested?

Complete the application!

Applications are due: Monday, November 7 by 11:59pm

Eligible students will be asked to schedule and interview within 10 days of the application deadline.

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 in creating access for all to higher education.

“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

Questions or concerns?

Please contact Stephen Arthur.