In the Washington, DC, office, internships run throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters for college students. They last no more than 120 days and allow students to gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session and 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. when not in session.
Intern responsibilities vary, but typically include answering phones, running errands, giving tours, researching legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attending hearings and briefings, and answering constituent letters on issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office. Depending on the experience level of the intern and based on office needs, there may also be the occasion to have a focused internship on either Legislation or Communications.
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.
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