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Celebrating 30 Years

The Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program is the new name of the longstanding University of Alaska internship program, hosted by the University of Alaska Southeast. The program, now in its 30th year, enables qualified students from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), to earn college credits while working in the Alaska Legislature.

Alaska legislative interns work full time in the Alaska State Legislature in Juneau, placed in the office of one State Senator or Representative. In addition, students participate in a demanding academic program. Students who complete the program earn twelve undergraduate credits or nine graduate-level credits. Credits are typically delivered as PS (Political Science) but the internship can also be taken as internship course work in ANS (Alaska Native Studies) or PADM (Public Administration).

Funding of stipends for students comes largely through a generous donation from the Ted Stevens Foundation.

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Program Timeline

November 1
Complete application packets due, 11:59PM
Early November
Possible interviews with campus coordinators
Students notified regarding acceptance
November 30
Student acceptance deadline, 11:59 PM
December 15
Placement deadline: students must find a placement and notify the statewide coordinator by this date. Legislative offices must forward their acceptance of the placement as well.
January 9
Interns due in Juneau (approximate)
January 10–11
Legislative orientation (approximate)
January 14
Beginning of legislative session (approximate)
January 29
First evaluation due
February 13
Second evaluation due
March 4
Third evaluation due

About Ted Stevens

During his 40 years representing Alaska in the U.S. Senate, Senator Stevens invited students from across the state to participate in his internship program in D.C. They witnessed first- hand how the Senator tackled difficult issues, worked collaboratively with diverse groups, developed innovative solutions, and championed important legislative initiatives, including:

  • Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act
  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act
  • American Fisheries Act
  • Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act

He was a national leader on pension reform, women in sports, health care, telecommunications, transportation, and aviation.

Ted Stevens

The Ted Stevens Foundation’s support of the Alaska state legislative internship program fosters his commitment to education and public service for the next generation of Alaska’s leaders.