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.
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 answer 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.
How to apply
The application period for Spring 2018 interns for our DC office is currently open. To apply for Spring 2018 internship opportunities, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (500-word limit) to Eleni Angelides at Eleni.Angelides@mail.house.gov.
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 application period for the Chicago Spring 2018 internship is currently open. Positions are limited and interviews are currently underway. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Krys Shaw, Deputy District Director, at Krys.Shaw@mail.house.gov.