Elsie Hillman Civic Forum

Legislator for a Day

Program Overview 

The Legislator for a Day Program occurs during the Spring term, and is structured to provide students with the unique opportunity to “shadow” a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and gain insight into the legislative process and the roles and functions of state representatives and state senators.

This program is geared towards students who are interested in the political process and who want an up close and personal introduction to key legislators for our region. This one day program is planned in conjunction with the annual “Pitt Day in Harrisburg,” offering the students the opportunity to not only build connections in Harrisburg, but also within the Pitt community. 

The Elsie Hillman Civic Forum coordinates the recruitment, selection, and assignment process for this program. Elsie Forum staff will oversee all arrangements, develop the schedule, and chaperone the students while in Harrisburg. 

Who may apply for this program?

The Legislator for a Day program is open to all University of Pittsburgh students.

How do I apply?

To apply to the program, please submit an online application. Applications require a 1-2 page essay describing your interest in politics and participation in this program, your resume, and general contact information. 

Application Due Date: February 15

How are participants selected?

Participation is based on the application and face to face interview. Ideal participants have excellent written and oral communication skills and professional interests that align with the program.  

How is the program structured?

Please refer to the sample itinerary for the Legislator for a Day program.