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Washington Bus 2024 Winter Internship Application

Priority Applications: November 30th at 5pm
Applications close: December 5th at 5 PM
Start date: Jan. 5th, 2024

We at The Washington Bus are excited to announce openings for five college interns for the upcoming 2024 Washington State Legislative Session. These part-time, paid internships will span ten weeks and are aimed at students dedicated to public policy research, communications, civic outreach/education, college campus organizing, and advocacy for bills and laws that young people care about.

Our mission is to resource and invest in our generation of political leaders and advocates through this program, enhancing their leadership and advocacy organizing skills while offering valuable networking opportunities. 

Internship Period: January 5th through March 14th, 2023

Key Responsibilities:

  • Weekly researching and tracking our Youth Agenda bills moving through the legislature, as well as important deadlines through the legislative calendar.

  • Responsible for meeting weekly metrics that build power as a youth movement and that will advance bills and priorities for the Bus’ Youth Agenda by recruiting peers and organizing testimonies, lobby meetings, and public outreach/education campaigns.

  • Assisting the Political Manager in executing our legislative strategy, including direct lobbying and rapid action that may necessitate frequent monitoring of our communication channels and group chats.

  • Assisting the Campus Organizer in recruitment of young people to attend Lobby Days and participate in digital and in-person actions and events in Olympia.

  • Regularly participate and engage in weekly lectures, trainings, workshops, and check-in meetings as scheduled.

Support and Mentorship: Our Campus Organizer and Youth Organizing Manager will mentor all interns, offering one-on-one guidance, professional development, skill assessments, and political mentorship.

Eligibility: Applicants aged 16-25 who are enrolled in a 2-4 year college in Washington State are welcome to apply. The program will be run in a hybrid modality, offering a blend of in-person and remote work and learning. We are prioritizing applicants from the following regions: South Seattle, South King County, and Pierce County.

Diversity and Inclusion: 

We prioritize young people who are underrepresented in politics and advocacy work in our programming, meaning we highly encourage young people of color, young queer people, young working class people, and other folks with marginalized identities or barriers to access in politics to apply to our programming. We are really looking for young people passionate about learning more about civic engagement and social justice in Washington State.

Prior Experience: While we value your previous work and internship experience, it is not mandatory. We are primarily seeking candidates with a strong passion for civic engagement, organizing, and social justice in Washington State and who are ready to get their peers and community civically mobilized.

Application Process: Please note that the application process might be time-consuming. We recommend copying the questions and editing your answers in a separate document before submitting. You cannot save your progress on this Google form. 

Compensation: The pay rate is $20 per hour. Interns will be expected to work an average of 10-15 hours per week, with some flexibility. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Deadline: The application deadline is December 5th, with applications accepted and interviews scheduled within 1-2 days. Candidates who submit their application by November 30th will receive priority consideration and interviews on a rolling basis. The majority of interviews will occur between Dec. 11th-13th.


  • Strong commitment to social justice, anti-racist learning, organizing, and activism.

  • Passion for educating others on policy issues and the legislative process.

  • Strong reading comprehension and writing skills.

  • Ability to work independently, with proactive communication skills.

  • Punctuality, reliability, and adherence to deadlines.

  • Positive attitude with an emphasis on celebrating successes.

  • Consistent follow-through on assigned tasks and goals.

We look forward to shaping our next generation of leaders and organizers, and we invite all qualifying students to apply.

If you have any questions during the application process, please reach out to our Youth Organizing Manager, Tai Yang-Abreu at

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First Name *
Last Name *
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Internship Commitments
This internship is a minimum 10-hour per week time commitment and runs from January 5th through March 14th. Do you have any obligations aside from schoolwork that will conflict with your full participation in the internship? *
Please provide an explanation of your other commitments here (just so we can work around them and plan for the internship!)
Can you commit to attending our in-person Washington Bus Party at the Capitol Youth Lobby Day on January 15th from 6am to 6pm?  *
Are you currently a student? *
What high school did you attend? What year did you graduate?
Have you or are you attending a College or University? What is your graduation year?
Major/Area of Study
Self-Identification Questions (optional)
***As an organization that strives for equity, The Washington Bus empowers young leaders from underrepresented communities and aims to recruit a diverse class of Fellows. Any answers in this section will remain confidential and will NOT be used in individual selection decisions. The following questions are all optional. By letting us know how you identify, you help us assess our approach to outreach.

Race/Ethnicity (check all that apply)
Which of the following, if any, do you identify as? (check all that apply)
Short Essay Questions
***Please answer the following questions within 50-150 words.

What is the most pressing issue your community is facing? (Community can be defined as cultural, racial, residential, age group, affinity, etc.)
What experiences and skills do you hope to develop through this internship? *
Why are you passionate about young people's involvement in civic engagement and politics? *
Please list previous job, internship, or volunteer positions held, that you feel are recent or important for us to know of. For each position, list your position title, organization, duration of job, job duties
Which of the following activities have you participated in before? *
Fun Facts
You get to decide the top 2 headliners for a music festival- what bands/artists do you choose? Bonus: What kind of food truck would you want to have at the festival? *
If you could create and name your own drink (beverage), what would it be? *
Anything else you'd like to tell us?
Interview logistics
We will conduct 30-minute interviews over Zoom. Not everyone will receive an interview, but we'll let you know ASAP once you've submitted.
We are planning our interviews for December 11th and 12th, please select up to 3 time slots that you have available on those days between 9am-6pm.
Mon, Dec 11th
9:00 - 9:30 am
9:45 - 10:15 am
10:30 - 11:00 am
11:15 - 11:45 am
12:00 - 12:30 pm
12:45 - 1:15 pm
1:30 - 2:00 pm
2:15 - 2:45 pm
3:00 - 3:30 pm
3:45 - 4:15 pm
4:30 - 5:00 pm
5:15 - 5:45 pm
We are planning our first round of interviews for December 11th and 12th, please select up to three time slots that you have available on those days between 9am-6pm.
Tue, Dec 12th
2:00pm - 2:30pm
2:45pm - 3:15pm
3:30pm - 4:00pm
4:15pm - 4:45pm
4:45pm - 5:15pm
5:30pm - 6:00pm
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