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Internships 101: Interning with a Congressional Committee

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The Rockefeller Center occasionally posts tips on securing great internships through its Internships 101 series.

Looking for an internship with Congress? Here are a few tips to aid your search:

  1. Congressional committee internships tend to be more policy-focused than internships with individual Congressmen or Senators. If you want to work on policy, look for the committee in either house that fits your area of interest.
  2. Internships are just as political as the rest of Congress. Many internships are awarded not only for merit but also based on where you are from. Consider a committee or subcommittee chaired by a Congressmen or Senator from your home state.
  3. Contact the Congressional office before applying. If you are interested in working on a specific issue that the Congressman or Senator is also working on, call the office and ask to speak with a congressional staffer before submitting your application. By being proactive, you may be able to work out a project even before you arrive.

Great Committees for Interns:

House Appropriations Committee:

  • This committee approves and drafts all appropriations bills that originate in the House. There are multiple subcommittees as well that oversee the various executive departments and agencies. For more information visit http://appropriations.house.gov/.

House Ways and Means:

Senate Appropriations Committee:

  • This committee, like its House counterpart, approves and drafts all appropriations bills that come from the Senate. To apply for an internship visit http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/.

Senate Budget Committee:

  • This committee overseas the budget process as a whole and monitors the budget plan throughout the fiscal year. For more information visit http://www.budget.senate.gov/.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

  • This committee overseas US foreign relations with other countries, including the nomination and approval of Secretaries of State, ambassadors, and other high-ranking officials from the US State Department. For more information visit http://www.foreign.senate.gov/.

-Written by Student Program Assistant Alex Rubin ’15 and Rockefeller Center Staff.

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