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NONPROFIT LEGISLATIVE ANALYST, IN-DEPTH: Take On Internships To Figure Out Exactly What You Want

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Sara, a legislative analyst, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She tells us that it was very important in the beginning of her career to take on many internships in college. Through internships, you are able to build professional skills and know exactly what you want to do when you graduate.

Degree: Political Science - Public Policy
Job Title: Legislative Assistant
Employer: StudentsFirst.org

Job Summary: Legislators

Job Description

Legislators are elected officials who develop laws for the federal government, or for local or state governments. Legislators are members of the legislative branch of government, which is responsible for making new laws and changing existing laws. Legislators include members of the U.S. Congress; state senators and representatives; and city, county, and township commissioners and council members. Legislators govern by proposing bills, holding votes, and passing laws. Most legislators serve on committees that oversee different areas of government policy.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
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$15,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
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Not applicable
Typical schedule
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Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Remote, Indoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Master's degree
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