Internships are available in both my Washington, D.C. and District offices. Applicants should be eager to learn more about the legislative process and want to be part of a hardworking team dedicated to serving Washington’s 8th District. Interns will work in a fast-paced Congressional office, gaining valuable experience and knowledge of the United States Congress.
In Washington, D.C., intern responsibilities will include greeting constituents, answering constituent phone calls, supporting staff with administrative tasks, conducting legislative research, assisting with constituent correspondence, and other miscellaneous tasks as assigned. Interns in Washington, D.C. will also have the opportunity to lead tours of the U.S. Capitol, as well as attend hearings and briefings for the legislative staff.
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. District office interns may also be assigned to assist with various constituent case work or other District-based projects of importance.
Due to recent legislation, stipends are now available during the summer session to those who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of the internship opportunity due to financial need. The amount and availability of these funds will vary, but a maximum of $1,800 per month is available for interns with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Preference for stipends will be given to residents of Washington State. Along with the rest of their application, applicants who seek to receive this stipend must submit a one to two-page essay on why the financial assistance would be critical to their internship experience. Applicants are also encouraged, but not required, to show proof of financial need by including a copy of their FAFSA statement or another document showing receipt or eligibility for a Pell grant.
Fall, winter, and spring internships are primarily designed for students enrolled in a two- or four-year college, university, vocational, or technical school. Interns will receive a small stipend and reimbursement for travel expenses.
Ideal candidates will possess exceptional written and oral communication skills, a high degree of professionalism, and a strong interest in public service. In addition, the ability to multi-task and work with a team are a plus, as is a good sense of humor. Washington State ties are a plus, but not required. Starting and ending dates are flexible, although prospective interns should be able to commit at least 16 hours per week.
Please note that the window to apply for a summer internship has now closed. To apply for future internships in one of our offices, please complete and submit the Internship form.