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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.

 

Independents

Senator Bernie Sanders

Perhaps no member of Congress feels more passionate about paying their interns than Senator Sanders who pays all of them $12/hr. The deadline to apply for the summer is March 17 and preference is given to those who are from Vermont. For more information and how to apply, go to his website.

Democrats

Senator Martin Heinrich

Like Senator Sanders, Senator Heinrich only offers paid internships and he pays $12/hr. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply for the summer is March 31. For more information and how to apply, go to his website.

Senator Jeff Merkley

Senator Merkley offers the Otto and Verdell Rutherford Congressional Internship, a $5,000 stipend for students who couldn't otherwise afford the opportunity, based on need. The deadline to apply is March 15th. For more more information and how to apply, go to his website

Senator Mazie Hirono

Interns may qualify for a travel and/or housing stipend. Deadline is March 31. For more information and how to apply, go to her website

Senator Elizabeth Warren

If you’re not receiving college credit for the internship or are low-income there is a possibility of being given a stipend. The deadline is March 15. For more information and how to apply, go to her website.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp

The Senator from North Dakota pays all her interns in her office and they can also receive college credit. Preference is given to those from North Dakota or who are attend an in-state college or university.  Her office accepts applicants on a rolling basis. For more information and how to apply, go to her website.

Senator Tim Kaine

The former Vice Presidential Candidate and a known champion of education offers stipends. The deadline is April 14th, 2017. For more information and how to apply, go to his website.

Senator Tom Carper

The Senator from Delaware offers paid internships in his office. The deadline is April 21. For more information and how to apply, go to her website.

Senator Bob Casey

Offers two paid internships, one for undergraduate students and the other is for law students. The one for college students is called the Leon H. Sullivan Internship and is for students who attend college in Pennsylvania. The other one for law students is called A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. internship. The deadline is March 15. For more information and how to apply, go to his website.

Senator Brian Schatz

The Senator from Hawaii offers stipends to interns. His office is still accepting applications on a rolling basis. For more information and how to apply, go to his website

Senator Sherrod Brown

The Senator from Ohio offers "some limited financial assistance based on need," which students can request when they submit their applications, according to a spokeswoman. For more information and how to apply, go to his website

 

Republicans

Senator Jim Inhofe

Offers stipends to students who intern in his office during the summer. The deadline is March 15.  For more information and how to apply, go to his website

Senator Rand Paul

Gives interns an option of either receiving a stipend or college credit. The deadline is this Friday March 10, so apply fast! For more information and how to apply, go to his website.

Senator John Barrasso

Each intern is giving a monthly stipend to help with living expenses. The deadline is March 19. For more information and how to apply, go to this website.

Senator Mike Enzi

The Senator from Wyoming pays his interns $1,600 to help defray the costs of living in DC. If you’re interested in applying, send in your application fast, the deadline is March 9. For more information and how to apply, go to this website.

Senator Lisa Murkowski

The senator from Alaska not only has a internship program for college students, she also has a high school one for seniors. Participants of both programs will be given modest stipends. Deadline is March 16. For more information and how to apply, go to this website.

Senator John Hoeven

The Senator from from North Dakota offers stipends to interns. Deadline is March 15. For more information and how to apply, go to this website. 

List of Senators who pay but their deadline has already passed: 

Patrick Leahy

Angus King

Thad Cochran

Roger Wicker

Pat Roberts

Orrin Hatch

Mitch McConnell

Mike Crapo

John Thune

John McCain

Jim Risch

Jerry Moran

Deb Fischer

Mike Lee

David Perdue

Think this list is too short? So do we, join our campaign and we will continue to work with organizations, government agencies and all in between to make unpaid internships a thing of the past.