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Internship in UT Office of Government Relations & Advocacy

The University of Tennessee Office of Government Relations & Advocacy is seeking a legislative intern for the 2022 spring semester (January–May). This is an opportunity for a graduate or undergraduate student with an interest in the intersection of higher education policy and politics to gain unique experience in both federal and state government relations and higher education public policy. Academic credit (between 3 and 9 hours) is available.

The University of Tennessee Office of Government Relations and Advocacy (GR&A) serves as the voice of the entire University of Tennessee System before state and federal governments. The internship will be based in Nashville, TN, working directly with the Senior Director of State Relations and Partnerships.


The intern will directly support the GR&A team. Duties include policy research, conducting legislative analysis, tracking legislation, assisting with office communications, and attending meetings, hearings, and briefings on higher education issues before the Tennessee General Assembly and Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The intern will also support activities to monitor and advance the University’s interests within the state and federal government.


Current undergraduate (Junior or Senior) or graduate student pursuing a degree in education, political science, public policy, journalism, or related field. Must possess an interest in policy issues affecting higher education.


Compensation will be competitive with other legislative internships—$400 per week for the duration of the internship. A one-time advance payment of $400 will also be available for relocation purposes. Mileage reimbursement for one trip to campus each month will also be available.

Application Process

Submit a resume and short writing sample to:

Applications will be accepted until November 19.