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 will gain invaluable work experience and take advantage of many unique opportunities only an internship on the Hill can offer. The hours are flexible to accommodate students' 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, give Capitol tours, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and 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.
How to Apply for a DC Internship
Applications for an Internship in the Washington, DC Office are accepted during the following dates:
- Spring interns (January – May placement) apply October 1 through December 7th.
- Summer interns (May—August placement) apply January 1 through April 19th.
- Fall interns (August –December placement) apply May 1 through August 17.
*PLEASE NOTE: All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis*
Send an email to our intern coordinator, Mariel Jorgensen (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the subject line “YOUR LAST NAME + SEASON + Internship.” The email should include all of the following materials:
- One page resume
- One page cover letter explaining your interest in interning in Congressman Gallego’s Washington, DC office
- Your first available start date and schedule preference (2-5 days a week); may include more specificity if applicable
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.
How to Apply for a Phoenix Internship:
Please use the form below to apply. Application deadlines are as follows:
- Fall 2018 internship (August – December placement). Deadline to apply is July 25th, 2018.
- Spring 2019 internship (January – May placement). Deadline to apply is December 6th, 2018.
- Summer 2019 internship (May – August placement). Deadline to apply is April 17 th, 2019.
Applications are only considered if the applicant submits an online application (see form below), 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 them some tips to ensure a successful application. Please download the PDF and review it prior to contacting the office with questions.