In the Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters. DC interns are compensated for their work at a rate of $15/hour for up to 30 hours per week. The hours can be flexible to accommodate students' schedules but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In Washington, DC, interns' responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings, draft social media posts, design graphics, and answer constituent letters on various issues. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process, engage in congressional communications, and explore many other functions of a congressional office.
To apply to intern in the DC office, please send your resume, a short writing sample (no more than 2-pages), sample tweets on a current event, a sample graphic (optional) and your dates of availability to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the high volume of applicants, a response is not guaranteed. Also, applicants with district/California ties will take priority over those from other districts/states. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, or socio-economic status, all are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Applications for the 2019 summer and fall internship programs are now closed. We are now accepting Winter/Spring 2020 applications until November 1, 2019.
DISTRICT OFFICE (Santa Clara, CA)
District Office (DO) interns play a critical role in helping constituents with federal issues and in helping put on monthly town hall meetings. Interns learn how to work effectively in a professional office environment in general, and a Congressional office in particular. DO interns are compensated for their work at a rate of $15/hour, with a standard 12 hours per week (spread over 3-4 days). Because our constituents depend on the work of interns, commitment to serve the entire semester/quarter term is required.
To apply for a District Office internship, submit the form below, and also email your resume, a short writing sample if available (no more than 4 pages), your dates/times of availability and reference contact information directly to District Director Tom Pyke (email@example.com). The reference should be from a former manager or coworker in a job or volunteer project, rather than a teacher from a class. A more detailed job description will be provided in response to your email.
Applicants with ties to the 17th Congressional District will take priority over those from other districts/states. We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, or socio-economic status; all are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Applications for the summer 2019 internship program are now closed, but applications for fall 2019 are now being accepted.