Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Policy & Historical Internship with the Administration Division of the Attorney General’s Office

The Policy Unit of the Attorney General’s Office is seeking a Policy & Historical Research intern for research assistance. 

The intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist policy staff with a variety of research tasks in support of the Attorney General’s historical project initiatives.
  • Conduct research using a combination of primary and secondary sources for educational programming, publications, visual displays, website content, and oral history to inform the ongoing work of the office.
  • Produce work products, such as memos or one-pagers, supporting the office’s historical research initiatives.
  • Develop an understanding of historical and policy issues related to the history of the Attorney General’s Office, past and present attorneys general and AGO staff, and major events in the history of Washington State as they relate to the AGO.
  • Develop an understanding of historical research methods with regards to libraries, archives, museums, and digital repositories.

This is a part-time, volunteer position projected to start in November of 2018.  This internship is for 3-4 months, but may be extended, depending on project status and candidate availability.  This is an unpaid internship, although school credit may be earned depending on program requirements.

Job responsibilities:

The intern will work closely with policy staff, and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in team meetings and brainstorming sessions
  • Identify, access, and analyze records and information in-house and in external repositories
  • Research and draft memos, written reports, photograph captions, and website content related to the history of the AGO
  • Document research results and promote the history of the AGO in ways that are useful and educational for current employees, historians, the legal community, policy makers, and the general public
  • Perform office administrative functions
  • Other duties as assigned


Applicants should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, possess excellent analytical skills, be interested in history and/or political science, be able to work collaboratively and independently, and be self-motivated.  Applicants should be able to work under tight deadlines and balance several projects at one time.

This position is appropriate for current graduate students in the humanities, law students, and advanced undergraduate history students, but other qualified applicants may also apply.

Applicants should have experience conducting primary source research in libraries and archives and should be familiar with resources available to historians for identifying and locating historical documents.

If you are interested in this position, please see the "How to Apply" section below.  The deadline to apply is October 30, 2018.

General Volunteer and Internship Information

The Attorney General’s Office values volunteers and the work that they do to assist the citizens of Washington.  By becoming a volunteer with the Attorney General’s Office you will have an opportunity to contribute your talents by assisting the public, while gaining valuable experience in an assortment of different locations and divisions.

The Attorney General’s Office has a variety of volunteer opportunities available.   Whether you are looking to obtain on-the-job experience or school credit, we can help you find an opportunity to fit your needs.

What We Provide:

  • The opportunity to work with and meet peers who are dedicated to public service
  • An opportunity to make a difference utilizing your talents
  • Valuable work experience in a professional environment
  • Hands on experience utilizing state of the art office equipment and software
  • Training that is relevant to the volunteer opportunity

Expectations and Desired Qualifications:

  • Basic computer experience
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, such as fax machines, copiers, scanners, and multi-line telephones

How to Apply:
If you are interested in assisting the Attorney General’s Office realize our vision “to be the best public law office in the United States, proudly contributing to the greatness of Washington”, then follow the application instructions outlined below.

  • Complete the volunteer application
  • Attach a cover letter illustrating what type of opportunity you are seeking, when you would like to start, the number of hours you are available to commit and what skills you can contribute to the office
  • Attach a current resume
  • Provide three professional references with current telephone numbers

Submit the above listed materials via email to HRemployment@atg.wa.gov

Please note: Volunteers to the AGO are also subject to the guidelines for the criminal conviction screening process in response to the Fair Chance Act that went into effect in June of 2018. FCA prohibits employers from automatically or categorically excluding individuals with a criminal record from consideration before determining that they are otherwise qualified for the position. 

As the final phase in the volunteer application process, the Human Resources Office will contact the volunteer applicant to complete the separate criminal conviction screening process.

The Attorney General's Office respects and encourages diversity in the work force

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained service animal by a person with a disability.  Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application and/or interview process or requiring any information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at (360) 586-7693.  Those in need of accommodation for a hearing impairment may contact Telecommunication Relay Services, a resource for TTY users, by dialing 711 or (800) 833-6388.