In my Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the spring, summer, and fall semesters for college students. Although internships are unpaid, students gain an 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, answer constituent letters on various issues before the House, and provide Capitol tours for visitors. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.
In my Hawaii 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.
If you would like more information on Congressional Internships—please contact my office at HI01.InternApp@mail.house.gov.
*Please note that preference will be given to applicants with ties to the state of Hawaii.