National Conference of State Legislatures Election Policy Internship
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Cardinal Quarter Eligible
Applications closed on April 30, 2019
Approximate Offer Date:
Friday, March 15, 2019
NCSL is committed to the success of all legislators and staff. Our mission is to
Improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures.
Promote policy innovation and communication among state legislatures.
Ensure state legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.
The intern will focus on a 50-state statutory survey on post-election procedural timeframes. Elections do not end the day after an election and there are many processes and procedures states undertake before election results become official. This could include: adjudicating provisional ballots, conducting post-election audits, or undertaking recounts. Beyond this intern-specific project, the intern will engage as needed on projects relating to redistricting, campaign finance, the initiative process and elections administration.
Read blog posts from last year's NCSL interns, Hannah Zimmerman, here and here and Eliza Steffen, here and here.
What you will do
1. Research state statutes relating to post-election procedures and timelines for all states. This could require connecting with secretary of state’s offices and sometimes legislative staff and identifying and tracking current state legislation.
2. Connect with subject-area experts to understand the procedures and processes in relation to existing policy.
5. Write about the topic for NCSL’s blog and NCSL’s elections newsletter.
6. Prepare a presentation to be used by NCSL staff at a national meeting about post-election procedural timeframes.
7. Assist the other members of NCSL’s elections team with information requests from legislators or legislative staff on a wide breadth of issues.
Eligibility and Requirements:
The intern must work well on a team, as well as be able to work alone. Clear writing is a must. A bipartisan, objective and unbiased approach to policy issues is required.
Experience with the state legislative process is a plus. An interest in politics or policy would be good. They’ll be working with people as well as statutes. Friendliness and humor are much encouraged.
Students of all class years are welcome to apply, with preference to Juniors and Seniors. Coterms are eligible only if they hold undergraduate status. Those interested in political science, public policy, or journalism would be welcome.