Deadline for Legislative Fellowship Program

A full-time internship with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Where

Susquehanna Building
Susquehanna Building
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When

Tue, 09/11/2012 - 8:00am - Thu, 10/25/2012 - 3:00pm

Harrisburg State Capitol


The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Legislative Fellowship Program, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' Bi-partisan Management Committee, is accepting applications for the spring semester Legislative Fellowship Program. The application deadline for the spring Pennsylvania Legislative Fellowship program is 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

Completed applications, should be submitted before the deadline to Karl Martz in the Penn State Harrisburg Career Services Office, along with a copy of your resume, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a current transcript.

The Career Services office is located in the Susquehanna Building (north entrance).

The application and a brochure, which provide details of the program, may be obtained at from Career Services by email request. Any questions? please contact Karl Martz (klm7@psu.edu or 717-948-6260) or Ray Whittaker, Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania House of Representatives (rwhittaker@pabmc.net or  717-783-1027).

Please note: the application is a Word document and should be completed and printed from this program.

The Legislative Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Bipartisan Management Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, was created in 1982 to provide students from the 14 state-owned and four state-related universities a unique combination of education, work experience, and insight into the people, issues ,and politics of the legislative process. The program is now available to students at all Pennsylvania colleges and universities.

Term and Academic Credit: The fellowship program is scheduled two times during the year and runs concurrently with the spring and fall terms. The length of the term is approximately 13 weeks. Academic credit for the internship is set by the individual institutions.

Eligibility: Any second-term junior (in your 1st semester junior semester now) or senior at any of the participating universities may apply. Students of all academic majors are welcome, although applicants must be in good academic standing, with a recommended grade point average of 3.0. Applicants should have strong writing skills and considerable research experience.

Recruitment and Selection Criteria: Initial recruitment and applicant screening is conducted on each campus and must be coordinated through each school's designated campus coordinator. Karl Martz is the coordinator of the program for students from Penn State Harrisburg. All applications must be sent to the campus coordinator. Campus coordinators forward the applications to the Bipartisan Management Committee office for review. Personal interviews with each of the candidates are conducted in Harrisburg with the directors of the Bipartisan Management Committee and the fellowship coordinator (Travel expenses are the responsibility of the candidate). Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 paid semi-monthly ($750 each pay period). Federal, State, Local and FICA taxes are withheld. No benefits are included in the stipend. Procurement of housing is the responsibility of the student.

Placement and Supervision: Fellows are assigned full-time to either a house member's office staff, committee staff, research office, or public information office.

Duties vary, but typically include:

  • Attending committee meetings/hearings
  • Handling constituent inquiries, and
  • Conducting research at various levels of complexity in addition to the student's responsibilities to his or her full-time placement (weekly one-hour workshops and other assignments are given by the Bipartisan Management Committee office).

Typical workshop topics include:

  • The role of the Legislative Reference Bureau
  • How to develop a bill analysis
  • The administration of the caucuses
  • Rules of the House
  • The role of the lobbyist
  • Press relations, and
  • Other assignments include developing a bill analysis and developing an original piece of legislation.