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May 11, 2016

Congressional Internships in Washington, D.C.?

Congressional Internships in DC? Jobs for undergraduates in the Senate and House Office buildings? Where are they? How do you get them? Someone asked this question yesterday and here's a paraphrasing of my answer. I haven't researched Capitol Hill internships in a long while--I'm too busy hurting poors and the planet today to do that--but I'm around interns of all manner a lot, was once a Congressional intern myself, lived much of my life in DC, worked on the Hill twice and still go there to work for clients. Here's a good place to start. Use Google and a phone. Lots of resources out there. Lots of positions. Lots of variances in quality. In fact, huge. Some are paid--and some of those positions are paid more than you'd think. Again, Google--but call, too. Even go to offices unannounced. (If you don't pick up the phone, and storm a few offices, you're making a mistake and not what they want anyway. Be aggressive.) Call your Congressman, too. He/she/it has internships. The oldest program I'm aware of is "LBJ Internships." 40+ year old program. Finally, check your undergraduate school. My college had/has several in DC through the school's public policy institute. They were paid, mixed in with credit and spanned both summers and school year. One year long. Led to jobs, parties and first-rate sport philandering.

Below: The Intern Years, J. Daniel Hull, Highland Park, Chicago, 1976 (Andrew Johnston)

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Posted by JD Hull at May 11, 2016 03:03 PM

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