In my Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring, and summer terms for college students. Although internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students’ hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at least three to four days a week.
In Washington, DC, interns’ responsibilities and duties will vary, but will generally be tasked with legislative and administrative duties. The legislative duties range from researching legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attending various hearings and briefings on important legislative issues, and responding to constituent comments. Administrative duties include answering phones, greeting constituents, leading guided tours of the U.S. Capitol, and working closely with staff on a variety of projects.
Interning in Washington, DC provides a unique, first-hand experience of the legislative process. Interns get the chance to learn about all the exciting aspects of our nation’s Capital, while being able to absorb the many functions of a Congressional office.
Washington, D.C. internship applications are currently being accepted for Winter/Spring 2017.
In my East Bay offices, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and attending District events. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent casework or assist on district-based projects of importance.