Over its 30-year history, the Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program has provided hands-on experience to UA students, preparing them for work in federal, state or local government – or to become legislators themselves! In fact, 40 percent of past participants have gone on to be professional staff for the Alaska Legislature, and more than a quarter of Alaska’s current legislative staff are graduates of this program.
The program is poised to grow and provide opportunities for even more students through a five-year, $157,500 investment from the Ted Stevens Foundation.
“The Senator Ted Stevens Internship is an invaluable resource, and I’m hopeful it will continue to bring engaged, motivated leaders into our Capitol. I’m doubtful I’d have the career I have now if it were not for the internship, and many of my colleagues would tell you the same,” says Grace Abbott, internship Class of 2012, and now the chief of staff in the Office of Rep. Charisse Millett.
Hosted by the University of Alaska Southeast, the program places students from across the UA system as full-time interns in the office of a state senator or representative. Students also participate in a demanding academic program.
“The internship is a way the university and the Legislature can build future leaders for Alaska,” says Sen. John Coghill (R-North Pole).
Investments with a Lasting Impact
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