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.
By submitting this application for an internship, I hereby swear and affirm that all of the information I provided in this application (and any attachments uploaded with this application) is true, correct, and complete. I understand that any false or misleading information will disqualify me from consideration and eligibility for internship.
By submitting this application for an internship, I hereby acknowledge my understanding and agreement that the internship is a voluntary and unpaid position that may enhance my chosen field of education and, if selected, I agree to serve without compensation or benefits and without any expectation thereof. I further acknowledge and agree that my voluntary service does not constitute employment with the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman John Ratcliffe or staff, or the Federal Government, and that I will not make any future claim for payment or benefits.
If selected for an internship, I acknowledge and agree that the internship is voluntary service on an at-will basis that may be terminated at any time or for any reason, either by me or by the Chief of Staff or District Director. I further acknowledge and agree to maintain all constituent information with complete confidentiality at all times, both during and after my internship.
In the District office, 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 various constituent case work or work on District-based projects of importance.
If you would like more information on Congressional Internships—please contact our office.