Rep. Schneider with Karolina Wasiniewska and Elizabeth Corrigan, two summer congressional interns.
In our Washington, DC office, and District Office, internships run throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters. 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 a.m. to 6 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when Congress is not in session.
In Washington, intern responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, give tours of the Capitol, 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 internship program is open to students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.
In the District Office, intern responsibilities are constituent focused. Intern positions are also open to high school students. They will answer the phones, work with District Aides on specific issues impacting residents, attend constituent meetings and write follow-up reports, and help with constituent casework.
In order to allow interns the appropriate time to prepare for their semester or summer in Washington, we have set deadlines to submit an intern application. These same deadlines also apply to the District Office application process. Prospective interns should have their cover letter and resume submitted by March 31st, 2013 for a summer internship. This internship will approximately be from May to August, with flexible start and end dates. Applicants for a fall semester internship should have their materials submitted by August 15th, 2013. A fall semester internship typically goes from September to December, again with flexibility on the exact start and finish dates. Finally, those interested in an internship during the winter/spring semester must have their materials submitted to our office by November 30th, 2013. Internships during this period will last from late January to early May.
To complete the intern application follow the link at the bottom of the page, and if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mike Wieczorek, our Internship Coordinator for DC Internships, and Lynne Marcus, District Office Manager. Mike can be reached at the main office number (202) 225-4835. Lynne can be reached at the District Office number (847)-793-0625.