Thank you for your interest in serving as an intern in my Washington, D.C., Anniston, or Opelika offices.
Our intern program is designed to offer select college students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the legislative process, as well as the operations of a Congressional office.
In Washington, D.C., interns are encouraged to follow the legislative activities of the House of Representatives and may attend hearings that are of particular interest. Responsibilities include research; answering constituent correspondence; attending hearings and briefings in specific legislative areas; assisting staff with tours of the U.S. Capitol Building; and answering phones, greeting visitors, and running miscellaneous errands.
In my Anniston or Opelika offices, students learn about the constituent advocacy process and the inside operations of a Congressional office. Responsibilities include verbal and written communication with constituents; handling requests from Washington and district staff members; research into federal government concerns; tracking and reading press clippings, and answering telephones and emails.
Applicants should be interested in government, have good writing and research skills, and be willing to work on a variety of activities both on your own and as part of a team. All applicants should possess excellent computer skills.
I believe internships offer students an enriching and rewarding opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Internships are awarded on an ongoing basis throughout the year, and last for as little as three weeks, or as long as three months depending on the needs of each applicant.
D.C. Internship Application Instructions
All D.C. office applicants must email a current resume, cover letter, and short (2-3) page writing sample related to current events or American political history to the intern coordinator by February, 21st, 2017. Students are welcome to submit a relevant paper or essay produced by them for a class as their writing sample. The intern coordinator will contact select applicants to schedule phone interviews with DC staff. Applicants with ties to Alabama and the Third District are preferred.
Session Dates (please note your preferred sessions in your cover letter):
Forrest McConnell, Intern Coordinator
E-mail: Forrest.McConnell@mail.house.gov Fax: (202)226-8485
Deadline: February 21, 2017
· Decision: March 6, 2017
· Session 1: May 8 - June 2
· Session 2: June 5 – June 30
· Session 3: July 5 – August 4
Intern Guide to Finding Housing in Washington, D.C.
A wide variety of housing is available throughout the Washington , D.C., Virginia and Maryland . Depending on where you live, and with how many people, housing costs may vary from the very expensive to less expensive. Many interns find these sites helpful:
Summer Housing On-Campus/Off Campus Housing
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington DC , 20016-8039
(202) 885-2669/(202) 885-3270
Catholic University of America
Summer Housing On-Campus
Housing and Residential Services, Saint Bonaventure Hall
Washington DC, 20064
George Washington University
GW Housing Programs Summer & Conference
Housing The George Washington University
2129 Eye Street NW
John Quincy Adams House
Washington, DC 20052
Summer Housing On-Campus/Off-Campus Housing Office
103 Harbin Hall
Washington DC , 20057
Georgetown Law Center
Office of Housing and Residence Life
120 F Street NW
Washington , DC 20001
The Washington Center (Gallaudet University)
Director of Student Life
1101 14th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC , 20005-5601
Office of Residential Life
2401 4th Street, NW
Washington DC , 20059
The Young Women’s Christian Home
235 Second Street , NE
Washington DC, 20002
The International Student House
1825 R Street, NW
Telephone (202) 232-4007
Washington Intern Housing Network
WIHN provides upscale, fully-furnished urban living for interns and universities. Please view www.TheWihn.com for rates and session dates information.
Taking the Metro is an inexpensive and safe way to get around to Washington , D.C. Trains and buses run regularly to all parts of the city and region, and drop passengers right at the Capitol.
Driving To Work
While you can drive to the Capitol, you will not have an assigned parking space at work. Parking is generally a problem in the city, as street parking is scarce and garages cost approximately $10 or more per day. Traffic on Capitol Hill is usually quite heavy and difficult to navigate.