Legislative and Public Policy Internship (Full Time)

Start date: 10/23/2023(flexible)Duration: 30 Weeks
Unpaid Internship

a month ago


Several positions for Legislative and Public Policy Interns may become available in the Office of the United States Senator for the District of Columbia. As we continue the state of recovery from the Covid 19 Public Health Emergency, as well as an improving security situation surrounding the United States Capitol complex and it's environs, the office has decided to conditionally resume in-person intern placements.

Duties of the Legislative and Public Policy interns include the monitoring and analysis of pending legislation and public policy initiatives, with a specific emphasis on the effort to secure DC Statehood. The intern will work in the office of U.S. Senator Paul Strauss, the District of Columbia's Senior elected "shadow" U.S. Senator. In the past, our interns attended proceedings of the United States Senate and it's committees, as well as meetings of the US House of Representatives, the elected Council of the District of Columbia and other governmental organizations. Specific responsibilities include the preparation of testimony before Congressional Committees, the drafting of Press Releases and position statements, and opportunities to represent the office at public gatherings and media events.

First elected in 1996, Senator Strauss is a progressive Democrat who was re-elected in 2002, 2008 2014, and most recently in the 2020 General Election with over 80% of the vote.

This internship is unpaid but includes substantial responsibilities. If you want the Capitol Hill eessence but with a more activist experience, this may the office for you.

Number of positions available



Varies in accordance with specific position and level of responsibilities sought; see details above. Candidates must be highly motivated, and prepared to work flexible and varied hours. Applicants selected for an in-person placement will be expected to adhere strictly to all Covid Safety protocols set by the relevant Health Departments and CDC guidelines. This may include the provision of satisfactory proof of full vaccination status.

About United States Senator for District of Columbia

As DC's non-voting representative to the United States Senate, the Office of DC's shadow US Senator advocates at the US Senate and the US House of Representatives on behalf of the citizens of DC in their attempt to gain full Federal representation, self-determination, and eventually admittance to the union as the nation's 51st State.
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    policy research
    congressional lobbying

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What happens after you send in your application?

United States Senator for District of Columbia is actively interviewing now. Due to the volume of applications, United States Senator for District of Columbia has indicated that they will not follow up unless you are selected for an interview.

United States Senator for District of Columbia also indicates this role is likely to convert to full-time.

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