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Governor’s Internship Program

The Governor’s Internship Program is a competitive experience designed to give high-caliber college students or professionals the opportunity to understand the inner workings of state government and contribute to growing and improving the State of Kansas. Interns are able to receive academic credit or can select to receive a salary for their time.

Governor Colyer understands 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 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 the Governor.

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

Spring

Session runs January-May
Minimum 16 hours per week

General application deadline December 31
Dept. of Agriculture deadline November 15

Summer

Session runs June-August
Minimum 30 hours per week

General application deadline April 1
Dept. of Agriculture deadline March 1

Fall

Session runs September-December
Minimum 16 hours per week

General application deadline September 15
Dept. of Agriculture deadline September 1

Potential placements include:

Governor’s Office:

  • Office of Communications
  • Office of Constituent Services
  • Office of Policy

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
  • Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Kansas Water Office

Application Process

The initial application process includes two steps:

  1. Complete the Online Internship Application
    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.