In the Washington, DC 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, 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 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.
Our District Interns help to serve our constituents by working with staff to do outreach and constituent services. On a daily basis, students are responsible for helping conduct intake of constituent cases by speaking directly with the constituents either in person or over the phone to gather the details of the problems they are having with a federal agency. They work with a caseworker who specializes in a particular area of federal casework (i.e., immigration, veterans affairs, social security) and coordinate with agency officials to seek resolution of the case. Students are responsible for managing cases on a variety of federal topics, and work daily with staff to review their work and collaborate on finding the best possible outcomes for constituents. To improve their skills and enhance learning, students will accompany caseworkers to agency Congressional briefings, learning directly from Agency professionals about the most recent updates to federal law.
Interns also engage the community through outreach. Alongside staff members, students will staff tables providing information on the Congressman, timely updates on legislation, and community resources during community events and Mobile Office Hours. They assist staff in doing research on companies, organizations, schools and non-profits that serve the community and work with the Congressman on legislation and issues of concern.
The Phoenix office is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Half-day shifts are available for students on a flexible basis to accommodate student schedules. Typically, students work a total of 12-15 hours per week. Weekend availability is helpful, as staff often covers weekend events with intern assistance.
If you would like more information on Congressional Internships—please contact our office.
The application portal is currently OPEN. Applications are accepted during the following dates:
- Spring interns (January – May placement) may apply starting on October 25th. Deadline to apply is December 6th.
- Summer interns (June-August placement) may apply starting on March 3rd. Deadline to apply is April 19th.
- Fall interns (August –December placement) may apply starting on June 7th. Deadline to apply is July 19th.
Applications are only considered if the applicant submits an online application, and sends a writing sample and resume to AZ07Internships@mail.house.gov by the deadline indicated above.
If you are interested in learning more about the internship program, you may call either office and ask to speak to the internship coordinator.
We encourage all interested students to apply and offer the some tips to ensure a successful application. Please download the PDF and review it prior to contacting the office with questions.