Intern at the Missouri State Capitol

An information meeting for the Spring 2016 Missouri Government Internship Program will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in McClain Hall 210.

The Missouri Government Internship Program provides the opportunity for students to gain meaningful experience in the fast-paced world of state politics. Selected interns will work full time with a legislator, public official or state agency. By interning at the Missouri Capitol students will expand their knowledge of state government, build a diversified professional network and establish a base on which additional internships could develop.

Senior Jeremy Busch interned at the Missouri State Capitol during Spring 2015 for Missouri state senator and Truman alumnus Scott Sifton. Busch was later selected as a summer intern for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C.

“Interning in the Missouri Capitol provided a strong base of political knowledge, which I regularly utilized while in D.C.,” Busch said. “Comprehending the intricacies of state government directly benefited my ability as an intern for the DNC.”

By participating in the Missouri Government Internship Program, Busch noted that it solidified his career plans of spending his life in politics.

While the internship might be perceived as geared towards political science majors, all majors are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Valerie Dobson, a senior business administration major, was an intern during Spring 2015 for Sen. Kurt Schaefer. Though a future in politics is not at the forefront of her career choices, Dobson spoke highly of the professional experience and knowledge gained by working at the Capitol.

“Each day broadened my education and understanding of state politics. It was an invaluable experience that has helped shape myself and my future,” she said.

The varying daily tasks throughout each office could include attending public hearings, completing legislative research, writing and editing published materials, constituent relations or assisting with basic office work.

Interested students should click here for more information and to view the internship application. Additional information will be presented at the meeting, Sept. 16.

Alumna Ellie Glenn, will be on campus to discuss her Missouri Government Internship experience during two sessions Sept. 14. Glenn is the director of government relations at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She previously served as the director of governmental policy and legislation for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Glenn will speak at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Questions can be directed to Candy Young at, or Heidi Templeton at

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