Graduate Interns serve as full-time Assembly legislative research and policy staff. Assignments are typically with the chair of a legislative committee and are made based on experience, program of study, interest and the availability of supervision within the Assembly. Responsibilities can include: research analysis of proposed legislation and program budgets, bill drafting, preparation of memorandum and reports concerning pending or proposed legislation, and meeting with constituents and interest groups.
In addition to their legislative office work, Graduate Interns support the Practicum component of the Intern Committee's Undergraduate Program by leading small groups of students in legislative analysis and producing the work of a typical legislative office. A series of “Mock Legislative Budget Hearings” are held in mid-February during which students demonstrate their ability to produce and deliver public hearing testimony; an important component of the legislature's deliberative work. This experience affords Graduate Interns the opportunity to reinforce the skills learned in their legislative offices and Intern Office workshops and gain valuable leadership, communication and management skills.