Paid Summer Internships in the Senate


Every summer, thousands of college students descend upon DC to intern in Congress. It's the perfect opportunity to see first-hand how the legislative process works and a good way to get a foot in the door in politics. The majority of members of Congress don’t pay their interns. To make matters worse, living and interning in DC even for a summer will set these students back thousands of dollars. According to a Time Magazine article, unpaid internships can cost upwards of $6,200 when you factor in air travel, rent, transportation, suits and food costs. This means a good number of Millennials simply can’t afford to intern in Congress. Thankfully, Pay Our Interns, an organization that advocates for paid internships has compiled a list of members in the Senate who do pay so you don’t have to waste time sifting through unpaid positions. Each office is different: some pay all their interns, some offer paid internships to those with financial needs, and some offer stipends. Keep in mind that some members are not listed because their deadline has already passed, such as Leader McConnell, Senator Collins Senator and Senator Cochran. The Pay Our Interns team is dedicating countless hours to making sure that next year this list will grow exponentially by meeting with every office on Capitol Hill in the coming months.


Our Campaign


“Pay Our Interns” is a national campaign to advocate for more paid internships for millennials. Paid internships should be available to all students in every sector, whether private or public. A student’s socioeconomic status should not be a barrier to getting real-world work experience.


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Our Solution


It is imperative that we fund more paid internships, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes sense from a financial standpoint. According to a survey done by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, students with paid internships receive higher salaries than students with unpaid internships. With their higher salaries, those students can then contribute more to society, returning the initial investment made in their experiential education. If we want to have a competitive workforce in the coming decades, we need to invest in more paid internships for millennials.