International Program Internship

National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Jul 18

Position description

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a nonpartisan organization that serves the legislators and legislative staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.  Our mission is to serve state legislatures by providing support, promoting fresh ideas, connecting legislators and staff with experts and each other, and provide a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system.   

Since its founding in 1975, NCSL's staff has grown from 15 employees to over 150 employees in its offices in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C. Our growth has been due to the increasing activity and responsibility of the nation's state legislatures and the complexity and diversity of issues that legislators face.  Employees work in a challenging, often fast-paced environment where they assist legislators and legislative staff in their work to promote the common good of the citizens of the states.  


20/hours part-time flexible, variable hour schedule. Many colleges and universities will give academic credit for internships. It is the student's responsibility to contact his or her advisor and obtain academic credit within the institution's guidelines.  


The International Programs Department of the National Conference of StateLegislatures (NCSL) is offering internships for the fall semester. The International Programs Department coordinates and provides technical assistance and study tours between U.S. state legislatures and international parliaments at the national and sub national levels. The Department conducts technical assistance projects, organizes conferences and holds briefings on subjects such as federalism, fiscal and public policy, and issues involving the legislative institution. In addition, the Department routinely organizes study tours both domestically and internationally for public officials focused on public policy and institutional capacity building.

NCSL has been awarded many grants from several funders including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide legislative training and technical assistance in a variety of countries, including: Algeria, Argentina, Benin, Brazil, Chad, Cte d'Ivoire, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Qatar, Rwanda, and South Africa.


Interns may be asked to:

  • perform administrative duties and provide general support for International Programs staff;
  • conduct country and/or issue research relating to international relations;
  • prepare background materials for international projects, study tours, and meetings;
  • assist with programming and planning for study tours and technical assistance projects (including program design and logistical arrangements);
  • provide research for, and help draft, grant proposals, budgets, program activities and reports.


Interns will gain skills in proposal development, research and writing for distribution to policy makers. Interns will develop knowledge about legislative systems abroad. 


Qualified candidates should be currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree or graduate program, and possess strong computer and research experience. Candidates must demonstrate skill and competence in writing clearly, communicating effectively and organizing complex assignments.

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