In the Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Work hours generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session. During the academic year, hours can be modified to accommodate course schedules of students attending local institutions.
In Washington, DC, interns’ responsibilities will vary. They may be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.
In Washington, D.C., press interns may be asked to compile daily news clips, monitor media, draft and edit press content, aid in running press events or conferences and assist legislative staff if necessary.
While most Washington, D.C. internships are unpaid, thanks to recent legislation, some funds are now available for paid internships and transportation stipends to interns who are currently enrolled in academic programs. The amount and availability of these funds vary; students with demonstrated financial need (e.g., Pell grant eligibility) who are not already part of a paid internship program will be prioritized.
Please indicate in your application if (a) you are eligible for Pell grants, (b) you are receiving academic credit for your internship, and (c) you are receiving financial support for your internship from an outside program.
We are currently accepting internships for the Spring 2020 semester.
For a legislative internship, interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume and two 1-page writing samples, and three references to Gautam.Raghavan@mail.house.gov.
For a press internship, interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume and two 1-page writing samples, and three references to Amanda.Palleschi@mail.house.gov.
In the District office, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent case work or work on District-based projects of importance.
Applicants must be undergraduate students who have completed at least one quarter of college. Internships are unpaid all office but District interns are eligible to earn academic credit depending on the requirement of the institution. In order for us to best accommodate all applicants, internship sessions are scheduled on an academic quarter basis (i.e., an intern could work either fall, winter, spring or summer quarter). However, the internship program is flexible and staffers will work with you to be accommodate your schedule.
For a district internship, interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume and two 1-page writing samples to Alejandra firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information on Congressional Internships, please contact our office.