Congressional Internships

Congressman Lipinski offers internships in his Washington office during the fall, spring, and summer. For more information, please contact the Washington office by clicking here to E-mail your interest in a congressional internship.

If you are interested in internships in Congressman Lipinski’s district offices, please contact the Chicago office at 773-948-6223.

Internships are a great way to experience the way our government operates and get involved in the democratic process. While our Congressional internship program is not designed strictly for political science or government majors, it is beneficial to have a strong interest in politics, a strong sense of responsibility, enthusiasm, and ability to adapt to a busy work environment.  

Day to day intern responsibilities include: drafting constituent correspondence, working with legislative staff on policy research, attending briefings and hearings, leading tours of the U.S. Capitol, sorting incoming mail, and answering phones. Interns will work closely with legislative staff, attend trainings on how to utilize Congressional resources, and given all the tools necessary to learn to become a congressional staffer.

Each Congressional office selects interns based on their office needs and demands. Most students arrange their internships during a semester of college (four months), sometimes for college credit. During the summer months, internships are shorter, ranging from 4-8 weeks depending on the number of applicants and availability. However, you will find that many congressional offices are flexible with the terms of the internship program.  

A congressional internship is a challenging and rewarding job, one in which an individual truly learns how the government works. As a congressional intern, you will be rewarded with more responsibilities based on the effort that you put into the time you spend in the office. Additionally, you can take advantage of the great opportunities that our nation’s capital has to offer. Congressman Lipinski's office encourages all students interested in government and politics to utilize this educational and lasting experience.


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