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The Capitol provides many chances for civic engagement.

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Civic Engagement
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Supreme Court
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The Oregon Supreme Court is among the resources located across the street.

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Capitol internship
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Willamette students intern for numerous state agencies.

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The Capitol: Our Extended Campus

While the Willamette University campus officially comprises 60 acres (plus 305 at our Zena Forest), it also extends to the Oregon State Capitol, courts and state agencies just to our north.

No other college or university in the Pacific Northwest offers such direct access to state policymaking — which benefits all of our programs, graduate and undergraduate.

Only a crosswalk away, the epicenter of Oregon government and policy provides another set of labs and classrooms where our students explore and implement the ideas they’re learning from their professors — whether they intern for policymakers, conduct primary source research in the Oregon State Archives, make law recommendations to the legislature or work side-by-side with the state’s top scientists and economists.

And the members of our extended campus don’t hesitate to cross State Street to take advantage of Willamette’s resources. You’ll regularly find lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and lobbyists here as they teach classes, consult with our professors and students, and simply have lunch (our neighbors like our food, too).


Students often intern for judges, lawmakers, state agencies and other political influencers. Programs include:

Policy and Lawmaking

Students and professors directly impact Oregon’s laws and policies through our established centers.


Whether they dig through records at the Oregon State Archives or examine regional environmental policy, students find resources across the street that they can’t get anywhere else.

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