Internships in Legislative Practice
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"What a wonderful learning experience! After completing the required hours for the Legislative internship, the feeling I came away with was a great appreciation for such a unique opportunity. I'm not sure any amount of classroom time could produce the level of understanding I feel I have gained from this internship." 
- Caitlin Kilburg, LW'13

"The legislation internship is a great oportunity that is unique to Drake. I got to go behind the scenes at the Iowa legislature while working personally with legislators and lobbyists. It gave me a new perspective on the legislative process and was a lot of fun!" - Katelyn Bries, LW'13

Internship Opportunities

Internship placement is based on student preferences and may include criteria such as party affiliation, subject area of interest and preference for House or Senate. Every effort is made to place students in internships where they will be utilized to the fullest of their abilities, with most students being placed with a Chair, Vice-Chair or Ranking Member of a Committee of their choice.

In addition, third year Legislative Practice students are placed with the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights, Iowa Economic Authority, Senate Democratic Caucus, American Civil Liberties Union-Iowa, Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa Finance Authority, and in independent internships at the Capitol under the supervision of center director, Julie Smith.

2nd year students can intern with the following legislators and agencies:

  • Representative Chip Baltimore, Chair of House Judiciary Committee
  • Senator Bill Anderson, Ranking Member of Senate Commerce Committee
  • Representative Dawn Pettengill, Chair of Administrative Rules Review Committee
  • Senator Jack Hatch, Chair of Health and Human Services Appropriation Subcommittee
  • Representative Megan Hess, Vice-Chair of House Judiciary Committee
  • Senator Joe Bolkcom, Chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee, Majority Whip
  • Representative Ron Jorgensen, Chair of House Education Committee
  • Representative Lisa Heddens, Ranking Member of Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Senator Bob Dvorsky, Chair of Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Representative Marti Anderson
  • Senator Jeff Danielson, Chair of Senate State Government Committee
  • Senator Randy Feenstra, Ranking Member of Senate Ways and Means Committee
  • Senator Jack Whitver, Ranking Member of Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Senator Rob Hogg, Chair of Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Representative Jo Oldson, Ranking Member of House Ways and Means Committee
  • Senator Joni Ernst, Assistant Minority Leader
  • Senator David Johnson, Assistant Minority Leader
  • Senator Dan Zumbach, Ranking Member Senate Agriculture Committee
  • Representative Mary Gaskill, Assistant House Minority Leader Legislative Services Agency, Bill Drafting
3rd year students can intern with the following organizations and agencies:

  • Avenson, Oakley & Cope - Consultants for Government Affairs
  • Avenson, Oakley & Cope - Consultants for State Government Affairs
  • Eide & Heisinger, LLC - Iowa Lobbying and Government Relations
  • Innocence Project of Iowa
  • Iowa Association of Business and Industry
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Iowa Environmental Council
  • Iowa Governor's Office
  • Iowa Hospital Association
  • Iowa House Republican Caucus Staff
  • Iowa House Democratic Caucus Staff
  • Iowa Senate Democratic Caucus Staff
  • Iowa Legislative Services Agency
  • Iowa Secretary of State
  • Middleton Center for Children's Rights
  • Office of Iowa Citizens' Aide/Ombudsman
  • Planned Parenthood of Iowa
  • Piper Consulting - Contract lobbyist specializing in education and rural water issues
  • PolicyWorks - Regulatory Compliance, and Government and Public Affairs
The potential also exists for internships outside of Iowa. Students interested in exploring opportunities in other legislative settings - such as Washington, D.C. - can do so with prior approval.

Last Modified: 1/9/2014 4:21:00 PM by Ann Van Hemert