POSITION: Internship – Center for Legislative Strengthening
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SEMESTER: Spring 2020
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Our mission is to serve state legislatures and other intergovernmental groups by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.
15-20 hours of work/week.
Part-time, flexible, variable hour schedule. Many colleges and universities will give academic credit for internships. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her advisor and obtain academic credit within the institution’s guidelines.
The Center for Legislative Strengthening (CLS) is NCSL’s hub for consulting, projects and research in service of the legislative institution. CLS offers insight, analysis and data about how state legislatures work, who works within them, and how they function as workplaces; develops and leads institutional technical assistance, consulting services, and professional development for NCSL’s members; and raises awareness of and prompt discussion about trends, innovations, events and historical frames that impact legislative operations, prerogatives and power. This position would provide general research and data collection support for the CLS team.
SPECIFIC PROJECTS / TASKS:
Researching and identifying demographic information about state legislators, responding to research requests, supporting Center for Legislative Strengthening staff in data collection efforts.
Knowledge of the legislative branch of government and structure and composition of state legislatures across the country. Knowledge of legislative institutional issues specific to legislative operations. Ability to compile, track and organize data. Ability to analyze and draw conclusions from data collection.
Qualified candidates should be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree or graduate program or in a short waiting period between undergrad and graduate programs/law school. Candidates should possess strong computer and research experience and demonstrate skill and competence in writing clearly, communicating effectively and organizing complex assignments.