Internships

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.

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: internships@tomudall.senate.gov.

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.

New Mexico Internship Application

Intern in Washington, D.C.

My Washington, D.C., office generally accepts interns into four different sessions: spring, fall and two summer sessions. While assisting with all aspects of the office, interns can focus on either legislative affairs or press/communications.

The application period for summer 2019 internships in my Washington, D.C., office has now closed. The application for fall 2019 internship positions will be posted in mid-July.

Scholarship

Senator Tom Udall offers a scholarship to an individual in need of additional financial assistance during the summer session in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Must be a resident of New Mexico or be enrolled in an accredited college or university in New Mexico;
• Must demonstrate financial need;
• Must not be receiving financial assistance from other sources;
• Must have demonstrated an interest in public service and the legislative process; and
• Must be able to intern for the full summer session.

Individuals interested in the scholarship must submit an essay in addition to the internship application. Internship applicants will not be automatically considered for the scholarship and all internship applications will be evaluated independently from financial need.

Please email internships@tomudall.senate.gov with the subject “Internship Scholarship” and attach a two-page essay. The essay should demonstrate determination and perseverance in facing adversity and ability to remain focused on goals in the face of obstacles.

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 and all summer placements are full-time.

Does an intern earn academic credit?
Students wishing to receive academic credit should check with their college/university programs for requirements.

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 application period for summer 2019 internships in my Washington, D.C. office is now open. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.