In my Washington, D.C. office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Although all 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 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. Individuals with Chicago ties are strongly encouraged to apply.
LEGISLATIVE: Washington legislative interns will work closely with the Congressman’s legislative team to conduct research, draft letters and policy memos. Responsibilities also include answering phone calls, drafting constituent correspondence, leading tours of the U.S. Capitol, and related administrative work. Interns will have the opportunity to attend briefings, hearings, and other legislative events. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.
PRESS: Washington press interns will work closely with the Congressman's Communications Director to execute day-to-day communications tasks and long-term media plans. Responsibilities include compiling daily press clips, assisting with media monitoring, building press lists, drafting press materials and social media content, pitching events, and conducting research. Qualified candidates have an interest in communications or media, can work on short deadlines, and excel at writing, editing, and social media (especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, graphic design).
How to apply
The DC office is accepts internship applications on a rolling basis to fill internships during Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions.
LEGISLATIVE: Qualified candidates should email their cover letters and resumes to Isabella.Spinozzi@mail.house.gov with the subject “Spring Internship Application.” Although our application process is rolling, please be advised that preference will be given to those who submit their applications by March 8th.
PRESS: Qualified candidates should email their cover letters, resumes, and writing samples to Victoria.Oms@mail.house.gov with the subject “Press Intern.” Although our application process is rolling, please be advised that preference will be given to those who submit their applications early. Candidates must be able to work at least four days a week, 9 am-6 pm.
In my two District offices (Lakeview and Portage Park), interns are exposed to the inner workings of a congressional district office and what it takes to support the over 710,000 constituents we represent. The internship program is primarily based out of the Portage Park office. Responsibilities include acting as the first line of support for constituents both over the phone and in person, assisting with outreach efforts in the community, drafting letters, and conducting district research. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist with constituent casework and work on District-based projects of importance.
How to apply
The Chicago offices are currently accepting applications for Spring 2020 internships. Email Jessica.Merritt@mail.house.gov for additional information and to receive an application.