In the Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain 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, DC, 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 and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.
In the District 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 our office.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis depending on need, but generally, we attempt to fill our internship positions by 1-2 months prior to the start of each internship.
How to Apply
- January – May
- Tentative deadline: November 1
- June – July (Summer 1)
- July – August (Summer 2)
- Tentative deadline: April 1
- August – December
- Tentative deadline: July 1
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Will Smethers, Intern Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
All are welcome to apply, but applicants with Oklahoma ties will be given priority. In your cover letter, make sure that you indicate why specifically you want to intern in Congress, for Congressman Russell, and in Washington, DC. Resumes should be no longer than one page. Applicants should expect to hear back from the Intern Coordinator within a week. If you have not heard back about your application, please call our office at 202.225.2132 and ask for the Intern Coordinator. Qualifying candidates will be invited to do a phone interview. To prepare for the phone interview, please make sure that you have a general knowledge of Congress, politics, current events, Rep. Steve Russell, and Oklahoma’s 5th District as well as your general availability for starting and finishing the internship should you be offered a position.
Congressional internships are highly competitive. Summer internships are the most competitive in Washington, DC due to the high volume of applications and are usually reserved for interns from the district or state only. It is recommended that you apply to all the House and Senate offices to which you have ties.