This winter, 15 UW Tacoma students are in Olympia working full-time as paid interns as part of the legislative intern program run by the Civic Education Office of the Washington State Legislature.

“I’m guessing more students represent UW Tacoma in the program than any other school in the state,” stated Katie Baird, professor of economics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

The program attracts competitive undergraduate applicants every session from across the state. UW Tacoma has been sending students to Olympia for at least the past 20 years. This year, the Civic Education Office received more than 300 applications for the 69 internships available

The UW Tacoma interns are studying a variety of subjects, including criminal justice, politics, philosophy, economics, law and policy, communication, and psychology. If selected, students enroll in a 15-credit, quarter-long course.