Senate internships provide a unique and unparalleled perspective of the inner workings of the "world's greatest deliberative body." Interns also play an integral role in my offices' operations and my internship program is designed primarily for educational benefit. There are opportunities for internship placements for undergraduate students at my offices in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Las Cruces, Portales, Santa Fe and Washington, D.C.
All internships are unpaid, but may count toward college credit per requirements outlined by a student's college/university. Students from New Mexico or those attending school in the state are given preference, and students of all majors are encouraged to apply. For more information, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intern in New Mexico
My offices in Portales, Las Cruces, Carlsbad, Santa Fe and Albuquerque offer internships throughout the year. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to submit their applications early.
Intern in Washington, D.C.
My Washington, D.C., office accepts interns into four different sessions: spring, fall and two summer sessions. However, there is also limited availability for full summer placement. While assisting with all aspects of the office, interns can focus on either legislative affairs or press/communications.
Washington Internship FAQs
Who can be considered for an internship position?
The internship program is designed for undergraduate students. College students who are from New Mexico or attend New Mexico schools are given first preference, and students of all majors are encouraged to apply.
What are the internship dates?
Fall and spring interns' schedules vary depending on availability. There are two five-week sessions each summer.
Does an intern earn academic credit?
Students wishing to receive academic credit should check with their college/university programs for requirements.
Are internships paid positions?
Internship positions are unpaid, but summer interns in the Washington, D.C., office may be eligible for a modest stipend.
Is housing provided? Does the office help with other arrangements?
Housing arrangements are the responsibility of the intern. The Office can provide information on housing options in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, but the Office does not make endorsements in any way. All other arrangements are also the responsibility of the intern. The Office can provide information on area airports, local transportation, etc.
Is there a dress code?
Interns are expected to dress in professional, respectable attire.
What does an intern do?
Duties can vary day-to-day, but generally, interns have the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings, assist with research projects, draft correspondence, and help with administrative tasks, such as providing phone support for the front office. Interns are also encouraged to visit the Senate and House galleries to observe proceedings and attend lecture series events that are held every summer. Past speakers have included Members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet members and other high profile officials.
What types of qualities do you seek in an intern?
Interns who possess strong leadership skills, thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and a positive attitude excel in internship positions. In addition, interns who exhibit academic excellence and an interest in public service will also benefit from an internship position.
How can I apply?
The Fall 2015 application period for internships in my Washington, D.C., office is now open. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by August 31. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.