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Legislative Opportunities 

Intern Opportunities 

The Kansas Legislature will have internships available for the 2023 Legislative Session. Any student who is enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary education institution and will be earning credit for their learning experience or is making academic progress in their educational course of study is eligible to apply. No specific major is required, but strong oral and written communication skills, and a basic understanding of government and the legislative process, are helpful.

Internships will begin the first week of Legislative Session and end in April.  A mandatory Intern Orientation will be held on the Thursday prior to the beginning of the legislative session. Each intern will be assigned to a specific legislator by the Intern Coordinator. Placements are based upon applicant’s experience, partisan preference and interests. Interns are required to attend a minimum of 12 days during the legislative session. Specific hours required for the internship will be agreed upon by the intern and his/her assigned legislator. Course credit for the internship will be determined by each intern and his/her respective educational advisor and may have additional requirements. Legislative internships are non-paid positions; however, legislative interns who complete program requirements are eligible for up to $600 in mileage reimbursement.


The combination of each intern’s expectations, interests and legislator assignment produces a unique experience; however, each intern can expect to gain experience in these areas:

  • Legislative Support: Responsibilities include attending committee and caucus meetings, researching issues, and tracking legislation.

  • Constituent Services: Responsibilities include drafting letters, researching constituent concerns or requests, and preparing material for weekly newsletters.

  • Office Support: Responsibilities include filing, answering the phone, preparing mail, and welcoming visitors from the district. Generally, the legislator’s secretary is responsible for these duties; however, on occasion interns will be expected to help.


  • Write constituent correspondence.

  • Write a press release.

  • Aid constituents in casework (negotiate state agencies).

  • Track legislation.

  • Understand the basics of floor debate and voting.

  • Understand General Orders and the Committee of the Whole.

  • Understand the committee process (procedural and strategic).

  • Develop a policy proposal.

  • Understand the Legislative Calendar and how it impacts legislative development.

  • Be familiar with key tenants of some or all of the following state issues: agriculture, alcohol (direct shipments, taxation), education finance, energy, gaming, health care (Medicaid), insurance, and taxes.


All interns will have to meet the following requirements to successfully complete the Kansas Legislative Internship Program:

  • Attend Intern Orientation.

  • Work at the Capitol a minimum of 12 days during the regular session.

  • Submit a Policy Proposal project completed for their legislator.

  • Submit an evaluation of their internship.

  • Submit an evaluation by their legislator of their performance.


  • Experience state government on a first hand basis.

  • Earn course credit from your college/university.

  • Gain valuable work experience for a future career.

  • Further develop research and communication skills.

  • Make contacts for other internships, government jobs, political organizations or campaigns.


If you are interested in interning with us you must return the following by November prior:

  • Application - To apply Click here to download an application or click here to apply online.

  • Resume

  • Writing Sample (Please include a writing sample from school or work at least a page in length.)

  • Three references, including at least one academic or professional reference.

You are welcome to send these forms by mail or email to:

Office of the Speaker Pro Tem
Kansas House of Representatives
State Capitol Building, Rm 381-W
Topeka, KS 66612

Please direct any questions to

Applicants showing strong potential for doing quality work can expect to be placed with a legislator and will receive an assignment letter after applications are reviewed. The integrity and quality of the Kansas Legislative Intern Program is important, therefore the Intern Coordinator reserves the right to terminate any intern who consistently fails to show strong effort and produce quality work.

Page Opportunities 

The Page program is designed for students in middle school, junior high or the first years of high school. Working as a page in the Kansas Legislature is an excellent way to learn more about the legislative process. To experience the opportunity of serving as a page, contact your legislator to submit your name as a candidate.

Senators are authorized 20 pages and Representatives get 10 pages for an entire legislative session.

Legislative page dates are assigned to legislators on a first-come, first-serve basis during the first week of session. Available openings fill up quickly so it is advisable to get your request to your legislator as far in advance as possible. When contacting the Senator or Representative, provide brief information about honors, awards and why you are interested in serving as a page.

Don't know who to contact? Your local county election commission office or your county clerk can provide the names of your legislators.


  • Are expected to dress and act in an appropriate manner.

  • Will receive a $5.00 pay voucher redeemable at the Statehouse snack bar.

  • Will receive a certificate of appreciation signed by the sponsoring legislator

  • Will receive a photo with the sponsoring legislator and the Governor, if available, as a memento of their service.

  • Qualifications: should be at least 12 years of age.

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