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 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.
In Washington, 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.
In my Peoria, Springfield and Jacksonville 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 various constituent casework or work on District-based projects of importance.
How to Apply
The selection of interns is made on the basis of several criteria including, but not limited to: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, residence of the applicant, and the time the application is submitted.
If you would like more information about a congressional internship in Washington, DC—please contact my Washington, D.C., office and ask to speak with Ben Jarrett my intern coordinator - (202) 225-6021.
If you would like more information about a congressional internship in Illinois at one of my three district offices—please contact my Peoria office and ask to speak with Nate Hurn my intern coordinator - (309) 671-7027.
To apply for a congressional internship, please fill out and submit the online application along with your resume.