Chelsea Olson, sophomore from Belle Fourche, SD, applied for and received a Legislative Intern Scholarship from the Legislative Service Office in Cheyenne. Chelsea was among a handful of students from Wyoming community colleges who served as interns during the 2014 Budget Session. Students selected to participate in the program provide research and staff assistance to Wyoming legislators and committees. This invaluable experience helps students gain unique insight into the legislative institution and its vital responsibility in creating public policy. Eastern Wyoming College’s Political Science Department offers academic credit for students accepted as interns.
The Wyoming Legislative Internship Program offers a unique “behind the scenes” opportunity to assist legislators and observe the Wyoming Legislature in action. Through this experience, the students gain new appreciation for, and perspective on, representative democracy and public service in Wyoming.
“The experiences I participated in at the Capitol gave me a whole new perspective on how our government operates and has given me a much higher sense of respect for what the state legislators do. I am very fortunate to be able to participate in this opportunity and believe the knowledge I gained will help me become a stronger leader and open doors for possible career opportunities,” said EWC student Chelsea Olson.