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.
Washington 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.
How to apply
The DC office is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 internships. Qualified candidates should email their cover letters and resumes to Isabella.Spinozzi@mail.house.gov with the subject “Fall Internship Application.” Although our application process is rolling, please be advised that preference will be given to those who submit their applications by July 27th.
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. Responsibilities include acting as a 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 case work and work on District-based projects of importance.
How to apply
The Chicago offices are currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 internships. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and to receive an application before the August 3rd deadline.