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Governor's Internship Program


The Governor’s Internship Program is a select experience designed to give high-caliber college students the opportunity to understand the inner workings of state government and contribute to growing and improving the State of Kansas.

Governor Brownback and Lt. Governor Colyer understand that in order to recruit the best and brightest young leaders into public service, students must first experience through immersion the daily operations of state government, having the responsibility and opportunity to make a difference.

Internships are awarded in the Governor’s Office, Lt. Governor’s Office, and throughout executive level State agencies where students will work alongside dedicated staff members in a challenging and rewarding environment. Internships cover a variety of disciplines ranging from graphic design to policy, communications to health care advocates, constituent services to marketing.

During their tenure with state government, all interns will gather for policy briefings, professional development, networking, and more. This series of lectures and interactive sessions will feature Governor’s Office senior staff, cabinet secretaries, policy directors, and an address from Governor Brownback.

The Governor’s Internship Program is offered in three sessions:

Session runs January-May
Minimum 16 hours per week
Application deadline December 31

Session runs June-August
Minimum 30 hours per week
Application deadline March 1

Session runs September-December
Minimum 16 hours per week
Application deadline September 15

Potential placements include:

Governor’s Office:

  • Office of Boards and Commissions
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of Constituent Services
  • Office of the Lt. Governor
  • Office of Policy
  • Legal Department
  • Special Projects

Executive Agencies:

  • Adjutant General’s Office
  • Department of Administration
  • Department for Aging and Disability Services
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department for Children and Families
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Health and Environment
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Revenue
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
  • Water Office
  • Securities Commission

The initial application process includes two steps:

  1. Complete the Online Internship Application – Click Here

    Required documents:
         a. Resume 
         b. Statement of Interest, 500 words or less 
         c. Writing Sample

  2. Two Letters of Recommendation, emailed to intern.coordinator@ks.gov.

For additional information and questions regarding deadline, application status, or eligibility, please email our Internship Coordinator at intern.coordinator@ks.gov.