Governor’s Office Internship Program

  • Interns in the Governor’s Office gain a unique overall perspective on the legislative process. The Governor plays a critical role in the creation of laws and is responsible for the execution of laws passed by the Legislature. The Governor’s staff rely on the interns’ work throughout the legislative session for both analytical and policy decisions. The internship is challenging, insightful and rewarding.

Why choose the Governor’s Office?

  • While approximately 50 interns are selected for the Legislature, only a handful of interns are selected to work for the Governor, making this a more personalized experience.
  • At the Governor’s Office, interns gain insight into the impact citizens and lawmakers from around the state have on legislation.
  • Gubernatorial interns are able to witness the Governor and policy advisors weigh the merits and consequences of proposed laws as they move through the legislative process.
  • Internship opportunities exist in various departments in the Governor’s Office including Legislative Affairs, Boards & Commissions, Constituent Services and the Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting.
  • General Responsibilities

  • Maintain complete files for each bill under consideration by the Legislature
  • Cover all legislative committee hearings, caucus meetings and floor sessions, and prepare comprehensive notes for review by the Governor and staff.
  • Monitor the progress of bills using a computerized tracking program.
  • Upon passage of a bill, prepare complete bill packets for review by the policy advisors and, ultimately, by the Governor.
  • Track gubernatorial appointments (which are subject to approval of the Senate).
  • Work with constituents (either by phone or correspondence) to provide information to policy advisors regarding statewide opinions of various bills.
  • Eligibility and Description

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed at least 75 hours at one of Arizona’s three public universities prior to the start of the internship.
  • The internship begins in early January and lasts 18 weeks.
  • Interns receive a stipend of $4,700, a tuition waiver and earn 12 hours of undergraduate credit or 9 hours of graduate credit upon completion of the internship.
  • Disclaimers

  • Interns may not take time off during the session. This includes some holidays and spring break.
  • Interns may not take other coursework during the semester without prior approval.
  • Interns are expected to be flexible and willing to work past 5pm as needed, as the legislative process does not follow an 8-5 schedule and hours are often unpredictable.
  • Applications

  • The application deadline is Tuesday, September 23 at 5:00pm.