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 valuable 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, D.C. interns' responsibilities will vary. They may be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the legislative staff, attend briefings, and answer constituent letters on various issues. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and many other functions of a Congressional office.
In my District offices, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in constituent case work or work on District-based projects of importance.
If you would like more information on Congressional Internships, please contact our office.