Things to Consider
- Communicating with constituents and legislative liaisons (events/services and phone/email).
- Writing correspondence (letters, tributes, resolutions, and congratulations).
- Conducting legislative, policy, and issue-background research.
- Monitoring legislation.
- Conducting general office activities (clerical, phone, email, organization).
- Assisting staff and becoming involved in committee meetings, and data entry and management.
- You are encouraged to apply for more than one position.
- Research the internship position prior to applying; additional information on each office can be found at www.michigan.gov.
- Utilize cover letter and resume samples through CMU Career Services, prior to applying. Samples can be found in the Career Guide.
- Career Services offers resume critiques and Mock Interviews; take advantage of these services to ensure success in the application and interview process.
- If accepted to intern, you MUST contact the CCIP Coordinator in order to finalize your placement.
Transportation is available, but not required. Student-driven vehicles depart from the parking lot between Ronan and Grawn Halls (Lot #3) 8:00am and arrive at a central location in Lansing by 9:30am. Students will depart from Lansing at 4:00pm and arrive back in Mt. Pleasant by 5:30pm, enabling students to take evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This transportation is only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters.
Most government internships in Lansing are unpaid, but students gain valuable knowledge, skills, abilities, and contacts throughout their experience. These intangible factors are priceless and will assist in future career endeavors. Check out the Testimonials page to see what some former interns have to say about their experience!
Regardless of whether an internship/co-op is required or not, it is highly recommended that students receive University recognition for these experiences. By seeking credit, opportunities for a well-structured outline of responsibilities and goals are maximized, and a more "credible" experience to potential future employers is demonstrated. In order to receive credit, students must have signed approval from the internship/co-op advisor in the applicable academic department; they will assist with eligibility, number of credit hours, and grading requirements. Career Services is not authorized to approve or grant credit for any internship; however, we can assist with determining and contacting the appropriate faculty member.