Graduate Scholars serve as full-time Assembly staff researchers and policy analysts. Assignments are based on experience, program of study, interest, and the availability of supervision within the Assembly. Graduate Scholars' responsibilities can include: fiscal analysis of proposed legislation and program budgets, researching and drafting bills and memos, and preparing background papers and reports. Specific duties are dependent on the abilities of the Graduate Scholar and the needs of the office assigned. Typical assignments include the following:
Majority Leader - This placement consists of background research for floor debate, short-term analysis and bill drafting.
Ways and Means Committee - This placement consists of budget and fiscal analysis on various subjects.
Legislative Commissions - The focus of these placements is generally longer-term research on a variety of topics. Published reports of the research findings, public hearings or legislative program bills, are often the products of these assignments.