All internships run throughout the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Although some internships in my offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable experience in public service. The hours are flexible to accommodate students' course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Internships in Washington, D.C. are open to college and graduate students. Internships in San Diego are open to college students, graduate students, and also seniors in high school.
Deadlines to apply:
Spring internships: November 10
Summer internships: March 1 for DC, April 15 for San Diego
Fall internships: August 1
Washington, D.C. Legislative Internship
In Washington, interns' responsibilities will vary. Duties will include conducting legislative research, drafting memos, assisting with front office duties, and performing basic administrative tasks. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office. Internship candidates should be prepared to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Communications interns work in DC or San Diego alongside our communications team. Primary responsibilities include: creating social media content and graphics; drafting press releases and talking points; planning DC and San Diego press events; cutting and editing videos; organizing and tracking photos; compiling press clips and tracking coverage.
Candidates must have strong writing and social media skills and demonstrate sound political instincts. Please include social media or graphic sample with your application.
San Diego District Office Internship
In my San Diego 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 responding to constituent inquiries. Interns may also assist with constituent casework and District-based projects of importance, with plenty of opportunities for community outreach and engagement.
Paid Internships– Washington, D.C. and San Diego
Washington, D.C. – We offer a maximum of four paid internships during the summer months. Summer interns are paid $5,000 for three months of full-time work.
San Diego – We offer one paid internship every quarter. Interns will be paid $12 per hour and work 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks, depending on the availability of the students who apply.
Deadlines to apply for Summer 2019:
D.C. Office: April 1st
San Diego Office: April 15th
Paid internships are open to current college students (at the time of applying) who must be part of a demonstrated education program and must meet one of the following criteria:
Be eligible for the Pell Grant
Receive financial aid as a student with disabilities
Participation in this program is intended to open opportunities for students who are seeking a career in public service, but do not have the personal or family means to participate in an unpaid internship.
To prove eligibility for the Pell Grant/other need-based awards, please complete the Authorization for Release of Confidential Information and upload it with your application. Applications submitted without the form will not be considered.