Arizona Legislative Internship Program at ASU

Arizona Legislative Internship Program at ASU

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I’m Amy Umaretiya. I study civil engineering and political science
and I participated in the Arizona State Legislative Internship. Getting to see what it would be like to have
a career in policy work was really great. It was a great learning experience. I don’t think I could have learned about the
state legislature in a better way. You really get a deep understanding of how
that process works and how a bill is passed and how a lot of bills aren’t passed and so
that was really good to see. It’s actually really great. They waive your tuition for that semester
and then they give you a stipend in addition to that so you get twelve credits of political
science internship credit. For me and I think people did it in other
majors if that was what their major was as well and then you don’t have to pay for those
credits essentially because of the tuition waiver and then you get paid on top of that
so it’s really economically to do the internship too. I wouldn’t let your officially major or the
things you’ve done so far in college really hold you back from it. Like I said, I applied when I was a sophomore. I was a civil engineering major so I really
had no business working in the state legislature but I was interested in environmental policy. I hadn’t really done anything with it yet
up to that point and they gave me a chance and I got to see what that whole world was
like and the internship just helped me realize that that’s a career I could really see myself
in. If I can work a full 40 hour, 45 hours, 50
hour week at it and not get bored of it and that was so helpful to realize because I’ve
certainly have had some internship experiences where I felt like I was ready to go home at
the end of the day, but that was not usually the case at the state legislature and so it
really helped me define my career path. The legislative internship really helps us
get our future internships as well because it looks really good to have a full-time position
doing policy work on your resume. For me, a big academically life experience
and if I had held myself back saying “oh, I’m not a political science major, I don’t
really know how the state legislature works” then I would have never would have got to
do any of those things. So definitely take a shot.

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