PULLMAN, Wash. — A record number of Washington State University students participated in the Washington State Legislature internship program this year.
Thirteen students from the Pullman campus and two from the WSU Vancouver campus took part in the legislative internship program in Olympia. This is the largest group of interns ever accepted into the program from any one university, and certainly the largest WSU has ever sent, said Steven D. Stehr, interim director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. The Foley Institute coordinates the WSU legislative internship program.
“We are very proud to have so many WSU students participate. It is a great opportunity for them to learn first hand how the legislative process works,” Stehr said. “Students come back from this program very enthusiastic and energized about their experience with a new found confidence in themselves,” he said.
Three students who participated in the recent legislative session received permanent job offers with the state Legislature.
Wendy W. Clayton, internship coordinator at the Foley Institute, said, “Not only is this internship a great chance for students to network and open up career opportunities, they learn a lot of critical skills you just can’t get out of a textbook.”
“As an institute dedicated to public policy and service, we are delighted to help so many students enter the world of public service and follow in Tom Foley’s footsteps,” Clayton said.