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Governor's Office Internship Program

Objective

To help build the next generation of Kansas’ government and community leaders

Overview

The Governor’s Intern Program is a select internship experience designed to give high-quality college students (juniors and senior undergraduates, graduate and law students) the opportunity to see the inner workings of state government and contribute to growing and improving the State of Kansas.  Governor Brownback, Lt. Governor Colyer, and the Cabinet Secretaries understand that the best was to recruit Kansas’ best and brightest into public service is to get them immersed in the daily operation of state government and give them the responsibility and opportunity to make a difference.

The program will place students in each of the divisions of the Governor’s Office (Appointments, Communications, Constituent Service, Legal, Lt. Governor, First Lady, Budget and Policy) and in each of the Cabinet level agencies (Labor, Commerce, Revenue, Transportation, Agriculture, Adjutant General, Aging, Highway Patrol, Administration, Securities Commission, Corrections, Juvenile Justice Authority, Social and Rehabilitation Services, Wildlife and Parks, and Health and Environment) and the Kansas Department of Education.

The objective is for interns to be directly involved with the upper-level workings of the office or agency.  Students will be exposed to the real decision-making processes and engaged in projects that utilize their skills, abilities, and enthusiasm.  The internship program is designed to be an educational experience - not just a “copy and collate” internship.  Students are expected to work with the respective colleges and universities to develop learning objectives and obtain academic credit, certification or recognition.

Structure

The intern program will place 8-10 interns in the Governor’s Office and 1 intern in each agency. 

The program will operate in three time frames:

    • Spring (January – May)
    • Summer (May - August)
    • Fall (August – December)

Students interning in the Fall and Spring are expected to work at least 16-20 hours per week and summer interns are expected to work at least 30 hours per week. 

Applicants interested in any placement within the program will complete the application process explained on the Governor’s website.  (Click here to see the Cabinet agencies)

The application process will include:

    1. Internship Application (Download PDF)
    2. Current Resume
    3. Signed and Dated Rules Consent form
    4. Two Letters of Recommendation (In sealed envelopes attached to application)
    5. A Statement of Interest (Should highlight specific areas of interest for the internship and should not exceed 500 words)
    6. (Optional to Candidate) Additional Writing Samples may be provided
    7. (Optional to office/agency) Phone or In-Person Interview

Application review for the spring and summer term will begin on October 1. However, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 1 for the spring term and April 30 for the summer term.

(Priority will be given to applications received or postmarked by the dates above - applications received after the deadline will be reviewed as long as internships remain available.)

All applications must be mailed to:

Governor's Internship Program 
300 SW 10th Ave., Rm 264-W 
Topeka, KS 66612

The program will be co-coordinated by three person committee: a representative of the Governor’s Office (Shawn Cowing), a representative of the cabinet level agencies (Jackie McClaskey), and a Cabinet Secretary (Col. Ernest Garcia, Superintendent - Kansas Highway Patrol).  The Coordinators will work with intern supervisors and help develop program goals and expectations.

Applicants for each office will be forwarded to the Director/Secretary for the opportunity to list preferred candidates.  The coordinators will work to match the most qualified candidates with the best opportunity for their skills and interests.

Interns will attend an orientation program prior to the beginning of their internship.  All interns will attend regularly scheduled educational programs.  For example, each Cabinet Secretaries would be asked to present to the whole group on the activities and responsibilities within their agencies.  Other programs and activities for the group may be scheduled during their term.  Cross-agency projects will also be explored.

For additional information and questions regarding deadline, application status, or eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact our Director, Constituent Services:

Shawn Cowing
Director, Constituent Services
300 SW 10th Ave., Rm 246-W
Topeka, KS 66612

785.368.8500
intern.coordinator@ks.gov