Application process underway for legislative interns


Marshall University students are being offered the opportunity to become interns at the next session of the West Virginia Legislature.  Both undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are eligible to apply for the spring 2016 semester.

Dr. Marybeth Beller, associate professor of political science, said that faculty and staff are encouraged to provide this information to students they know who may be interested.

For undergraduate students the one-week Frasure-Singleton offers students one credit upper division hour in Political Science and provides hotel accommodations, meals and round trip transportation to and from the capitol for one week as students are paired with legislators to learn about the process.  Students will attend legislative committee meetings, floor sessions and meet with state leaders throughout the week.

The application for the Frasure-Singleton Internship can be accessed by going to http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Educational/Internship/Frasure_Singleton.pdf and should be returned to Mitzi Meade, in Marshall’s political science department, Smith Hall 738, by Oct. 29.

The Herndon Fellowship offers students 12 upper division credits in their major, where applicable, or in political science, and pays $1300 per month for a semester-long internship experience.  Students conduct research, attend legislative meetings, meet with constituent groups and learn all facets of the legislative process.The application can be accessed at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Educational/Internship/Herndon.pdf   and should be returned to Meade by Oct. 29.

For graduate students, the Rollins and Burk fellowships provide semester-long opportunities for students to earn nine credit hours at the 600 level while earning $1400 per month during the semester.  Students also receive partial tuition waivers. Rollins and Burk fellows conduct research and present their findings to legislative committees, help to craft legislation, meet with constituents, and attend legislative meetings and floor sessions.

The application for the Rollins and Burk fellowships, can be printed at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Educational/Internship/Rollins_Burk.pdf.  The deadline for applying for this program is Nov. 2.

For additional information, contact Beller by phone at 304-696.-2763 or by e-mailing beller@marshall.edu.