In my Washington, DC 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, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not 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 Arkansas office, internships run from May through early August, and hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (CST). In special circumstances, days and hours might be adjusted to the intern’s schedule.
Intern responsibilities in the district will vary. All district interns are expected to assist in answering phones, sorting mail, documenting constituent calls and concerns, transferring information to appropriate staffers, assisting the caseworkers, and filing paperwork.
Interns may also be asked to research legislative issues, write summaries, compile spreadsheets, compose memos, or attend a district meeting.
For additional information, please contact my Hot Springs office at (501) 520-5892.