Summer, Fall and Spring internships are available in my Cerritos and Washington, D.C. offices. Internships are open to students who are interested in learning first-hand about the operation of a congressional office.
Internships in my office have proven to be a remarkable experience for students. I encourage you to explore your interests in government and public service in this way.
The next internship application deadline is Friday, May 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM.
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 call my office at 562-860-5050.
To apply for the Congressional Internship Program, you must provide three/four documents.
- Online Application - Download Application
- Cover Letter
- Financial Hardship Statement—If you are applying for the paid position in the district office, you must provide a one-page explanation of your financial hardship and why you feel your personal circumstances merit the paid stipend. This document is only required for the paid position.
Your one-page cover letter must address the following questions:
- Why are you applying to intern in Congresswoman Sánchez' office?
- What is your personal connection to the 38th Congressional District of California?
- What special skills or experiences do you possess that you feel would benefit the office of Congresswoman Sanchez?
- What do you hope to gain from interning with Congresswoman Sanchez’ office?
If you have questions about writing a cover letter and/or résumé, please contact your school’s career counselor.
Final candidates will be contacted to arrange an in-person interview with the office’s two Intern Coordinators. Each interview lasts approximately 20 minutes and occurs in the Congresswoman’s District Office in Cerritos. Interviews are scheduled at a mutually convenient time for final candidates and Intern Coordinators.
INTERNS IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
“I really enjoyed interning for Congresswoman Linda Sánchez. My time in her office was filled with stimulating and challenging work. I also had an opportunity to see first-hand how Congress operates and that is something you can’t fully appreciate unless you work on Capitol Hill. I have nothing but sincere appreciation for the time spent working and learning from the staff who also helped me understand what I want to do with my career.” (Laura Driscoll, Spring 2014, USC graduate)
“Interning with Congresswoman Sánchez has been a rewarding experience in numerous ways. Among those, the internship has provided me with valuable first-hand insight into the nature of a Congressional office. Also, the professional atmosphere of her District Office has refined my office etiquette and provided me with essential tools that I will use no matter what career path I make, I am very grateful for this opportunity.” (Jaime Castaneda, Spring 2014, UCLA Student)
“Interning at the Congresswoman’s office has been such a wonderful experience, from learning about the grassroots level of government to working in an office setting. It is an honor to have met the Congresswoman, and be able to help her at the district level while being able to fully appreciate what the Congresswoman does for my community.” (Rachel Udabe, Spring 2014, Saint Joseph High School)
“The opportunity to intern for Congresswoman Sánchez has provided me with insight on how I can help meet the needs in my own community through public service, as well as a recognition of the ways in which the Congresswoman does this on a day-to-day basis. It has facilitated learning about the vitality and implementation of public policy and served as a stepping stone towards my own professional career.” (Alexandra Hausmann, Spring 2014, Biola University)