The Senate Internship Program provides an invaluable experience to college students interested in learning more about state government with an emphasis on the Legislative Branch. Interns will complete the program at the Statehouse in Concord having achieved a greater understanding of the legislative process and the responsibility that government and its elected leaders have to the citizens of New Hampshire.

Interns represent both their educational institution and the New Hampshire State Senate. Students participating in this internship for academic credit must maintain a high standard of performance. Interns that complete the program will be awarded with academic credit as arranged with their educational institution.

Requirements

  • Interns must be enrolled as either a Jr. or Sr. at an accredited college or university.
  • Interns must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be accepted into the program.
  • Interns work two or three days per week (most work three). Interns are required to be present from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. The internship program runs from January through May.

Assignments

Each intern is assigned to one or two Senate Committees and will work under the direction of the legislative aide for that committee. Daily responsibilities of interns include (but are not limited to): Tracking bills, aiding senators, helping with constituent services/correspondence, assisting with Committee and Session Day work.

  • Bill Tracking - Interns will track Senate bills sponsored by their assigned senator(s). This includes following the legislation from introduction through the public committee hearing process to the senate floor debate, and final resolution.
  • Aiding Senators - Interns will assist individual senators in their preparation for meetings and hearings.
  • Constituent Services and Correspondence - Interns will work with senators and staff on constituent requests and assistance. This includes correspondence via email, letters, and phone calls. This may also include correspondence with various state agencies.
  • Committee Work and Session Days - Interns will assist legislative aides assigned to senate committees during bill hearings, executive sessions, and senate session days. Duties may include helping with the sign-in sheets indicating individuals’ positions on bills, organizing written testimony submissions, writing hearing reports on testimony from public bill hearings, and writing floor speeches for senators on specific legislation.
  • Special Events - Interns will have the opportunity to attend special events at the Statehouse.

How to Apply

The Senate is now accepting Internship applications for the 2022 legislative session that runs from January to May. Click here for the application (PDF)