POSITION: Internship - Transportation Program
LOCATION: Denver, CO
SEMESTER: Summer and Fall 2019
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. Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C.
$15.00 per hour and 10-20 hours per 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 Transportation intern will work under the supervision of NCSL’s Transportation program staff. The intern will be called on to prepare concise and accurate responses to legislative requests for information on a variety of topics, including the compilation of 50-state charts and statute and bill summaries. Topics will vary but with a focus on traffic safety legislation and programs. The intern will have opportunities to research and write for NCSL publications such as the NCSL Blog, State Legislatures magazine and full-length policy reports and have their work published with attribution.
SPECIFIC PROJECTS / TASKS:
Respond to information requests on traffic safety and other transportation topics, assist with updating NCSL charts and web resources and write articles for the NCSL publications.
The intern will develop a deeper understanding of the workings of state legislatures and state governments, particularly as it pertains to traffic safety and transportation policy. The intern will gain insight on research skills and networks to utilize in collecting, analyzing and assembling policy information that is useful and digestible for a legislative audience.
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 and bar admittance. Candidates should possess strong computer and research experience and demonstrate skill and competence in writing clearly, communicating effectively and organizing complex assignments. Experience with the state legislative process or transportation issues are a plus, as is familiarity with current state policy trends. Candidates currently in law school or graduate school may be given preference.