CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES

Representing the 4th District of Connecticut

Internship

INTERNSHIPS

Working in a Congressional office can be a rewarding and exciting experience. An internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable political insight and observe first-hand how our government operates. Interns cultivate a strong workplace skillset by undertaking a variety of administrative and legislative responsibilities in the office.

Interns in the Washington, D.C. office draft constituent correspondence, attend briefings and Congressional hearings as well as prepare memoranda for me and members of my staff.

Interns in the district offices conduct research, assist with constituent casework and draft correspondence. In both D.C. and the district, interns play a vital part of my staff and assist with answering phones, data entry and general office systems operations.

For D.C. Office Only: A need-based stipend may be eligible for applicants with demonstrable financial need. To be considered for the stipend, applicants should submit the first page of their most recent FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) or a written statement outlining how they would not otherwise be able to participate in the internship program without financial support. Please submit this information along with all other required materials by July 24th, 2019. No late submissions will be considered for stipend-eligibility.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interns are accepted throughout the year on both a full- and part-time basis. Priority is given to applicants from Connecticut's 4th Congressional District, although all interested persons are encouraged to apply. In my Washington, D.C. office, further preference is given to college students with Junior or Senior standing, and recent graduates.

Please apply to either my district offices or D.C. office.

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Brief cover letter
  • 1-3 Page writing sample
  • This Internship Application Form
  • (DC Office only) For need-based stipend, first page of FAFSA SAR or written statement

 

Bridgeport and Stamford Offices

Given the competitiveness of the summer program, high school students living in the district are encouraged to apply during the school year. The offices are open 9-5, and internship schedules are arranged around school commitments.

Internships are available expressly for the purpose of furthering educational objectives. They are therefore unpaid and generally awarded to students.

The Fall Internship Program is open to all high school- and college-level students. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the last day to apply is September 15. Interns will start around early September and end mid-December. College students with at least 15 hours of availability per week are preferred, and high school students who can intern at least 2-3 times after school per week are preferred.

The Spring Internship Program is open to all high school- and college-level students. The application deadline is November 17, 2019. Interns will start in January and end mid-May. College students with at least 15 hours of availability per week are preferred, and high school students who can intern at least 2-3 times after school per week are preferred.

The High School Senior Internship Program is open to all high school seniors who are able to intern during the final weeks of their high school career. These interns are granted permission by their school to intern in my office instead of attend classes. Please speak with your academic or career counselor to see if your school offers this program. While the specific dates depend on the host school, the session generally occurs between mid-May and mid-June. The application deadline will be March 13, 2020.

Please note: When you submit a district office internship application, you are applying for both the Bridgeport and Stamford offices. The specific location of your internship will be decided by the intern selection staff based on a few factors, including commute time and the offices’ needs.

Please email your application to HimesDOInternships@mail.house.gov.

 

Washington, D.C. Office

The Fall Internship Program is open to undergraduate- and graduate-level students as well as recent graduates. The application deadline for the Washington, D.C. office is July 24, 2019.

Please email your application to Himes.Internship@mail.house.gov.

 

If you have any questions concerning the program, please do not hesitate to contact the D.C. office at (202) 225-5541 or the district offices at (203) 333-6600.

 
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