How to Land a U.S. Congressional Internship

Things to Consider

  • It helps to have a geographical connection to who you are applying to. Offices often prefer applicants who are in their constituency, but you could also mention if you have family in their state or have visited the region they represent.
  • If you are applying to a committee or a congressperson that you do not have geographical ties to, have strong policy or mission alignment.
  • Note that all congressmembers have offices in DC and in their state districts. Know which office you are applying to and remember you do not have to go to DC to work for a U.S. Representative or Senator.
  • Politicians are often transparent with their goals, values, and priorities. In your application materials and interviews, show that you keep up with their legislative actions or mention specific legislation. Use news and available information to tailor your resume and cover letter.
  • Positions are often rolling and fill quickly. Apply as soon as possible!
  • A lot of congress members may not post on any job board about a position, but all members have official websites where internship opportunities might be posted. Congressional offices often have a small number of super busy staff members so even if there is no information on their website, do not be afraid to reach out and express interest.

 Where to Apply

In the House of Representatives, you can apply to:

In the Senate, you can apply to:

How to Find Job Postings

 

By Jane Marie Wright
Jane Marie Wright Peer Educator