Nov 18, 2014
Nov. 19, 2014
Students to have the opportunity to assist U.S. lawmakers during the 45-day general session
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster College students will now have the opportunity to participate in internships with the Utah State Legislature, thanks to alumna Kate Bradshaw (Class of 2003) and current student Trey Hansen. Prior to their efforts, only students from the University of Utah, USU, UVU, WSU, SUU and BYU were allowed to participate in the prestigious program.
The Utah State Legislature offers approximately 90 full-time internship positions during each general session. Those selected to participate in the intern program are employed by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel and are assigned to one or more legislators during the 45-day general session, according to the Utah State Legislature website.
The internship provides an excellent experience for students interested in politics and the legislature, and offers interns the ability to work as personal assistants to legislators: researching legislation, write speeches, attend hearings, interact with constituents and lobbyists, research public policy, etc.
While shadowing Bradshaw (who previously worked at the State Capitol), Hansen heard about the Legislative Internship Program and wanted to apply. Unfortunately, he discovered that Westminster was not on the list of approved institutions, so both he and Bradshaw went to work on getting the college added to the list. Working through mounds of paperwork and meeting with faculty and school administrators, Hansen was able to gain approval from the college, while Bradshaw used her political savvy to create pre-session training seminar and convince legislators to vote to add Westminster to the list.
Their persistence ultimately paid off and Westminster was officially added to the legislative internship list in the fall of 2014.
"I believe that Westminster students are equipped to be some of the best interns the Utah Legislature will ever see," Hansen said. "I hope this relationship will not simply exist, but continue to grow, and I am excited to see Westminster students make an impact year after year, session after session."