In my Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring, or summer semesters for college or graduate students. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours can be flexible to accommodate students' hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when not in session.
In Washington, 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, and help draft 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.
Please note our internship deadlines:
Fall Semester: August 1st
Spring Semester: December 1st
Summer: March 1st
If you would like more information on Congressional internships in D.C., call (202) 225-6211. To apply, click here.
In my Minnesota office, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, help drafting letters, and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent casework or work on District-based projects of importance.
If you would like more information on Congressional internships in Minnesota, call (218) 464-5095. To apply, click here.
Native American Emerging Leaders Internship
In June 2014 I established a new internship program specifically for Native American students in Minnesota’s Eighth District. The “Native American Emerging Leaders” program is designed to prepare Native American students to become community leaders and policymakers by exposing them to the processes by which national policies are developed and implemented on Capitol Hill and in the federal government. If you are interested in applying, contact your tribal leader for a recommendation. Read more about the internship program here.