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Washington, D.C. INTERNSHIPS

Thank you for your interest in our internship program.

Interning is a wonderful opportunity to experience the federal government’s legislative branch first-hand while serving Oklahoma. By attending committee hearings, briefings, assisting with research to aid the Senator and his constituents, and performing general office duties, interns gain a “behind the scenes” perspective of the legislative process. Internships are open to students of all majors with an interest in politics. Preference is given to Oklahoma residents who have completed their sophomore year of college.

Students interested in the Washington D.C. internship program must submit an online application to the Washington D.C. office. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Fall and spring internships occur during the semester and last approximately ten weeks, dependent upon the schedule of each intern. Summer internships are divided into two sessions of five weeks each. 

Summer internships are paid while spring and fall internships are unpaid. However, most schools offer college credit for internships. Check with your school to determine what specific requirements must be met. Interns are responsible for arranging their own housing. Housing information from local universities will be provided once applicants are notified of their acceptance.

Washington D.C. Press Internship: 

The press intern will have the unique opportunity to learn about the legislative process from a press standpoint while furthering their writing and graphic design skills. He or she will work with multiple Adobe programs, including but not limited to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro. He or she should be proficient in AP style and be a strong writer. The press intern will work closely with the press team to assist in day-to-day activities.

Washington DC Legislative Internship: 

The legislative intern will have the unique opportunity to learn about the legislative process by being assigned to one of four Legislative Assistant/Legislative Correspondent teams responsible for monitoring legislation from beginning to end, working with committee staff, drafting legislation and constituent response letters, writing floor speeches, and meeting with constituents and stakeholders. He or she will attend hearings and briefings, draft memos on critical research, sit in on staff and constituent meetings, work directly with constituents, and assist the administrative staff in day-to-day activities. 

Oklahoma Internships (Oklahoma City and Tulsa):

Students interested in the internship program for either the Tulsa or the Oklahoma City offices must submit an online application to that office. Preference is given to students who have at least completed their freshman year of college.

Fall, spring and summer internships are approximately ten to twelve weeks, depending upon the schedule of each intern. All internships are unpaid. However, most schools offer college credit for internships.  Check with your school to determine specific requirements. Additionally, deadlines for the Oklahoma internships are flexible, so please contact the intern coordinator at the numbers provided for more information.

Internship Application Deadlines:

Please submit your application by the following dates:

Spring Session: January – April 

  • Application opens: early August 
  • Deadline: November 15 

Summer Session I (May – June) and Session II (July – August)

  • Application opens: early December 
  • Deadline: March 15 

Fall Session: September – December

  • Application opens: early April
  • Deadline: July 15

To apply for a legislative internship, click here

To apply for a press internship, click here.

A complete application is considered to contain:

  • Submitted Application
  • Recommendation – Please provide three letters of recommendation.
  • College Transcript – Please upload a copy of your official or unofficial transcript.
  • Resume – Please upload the most recent copy of your resume.
  • Writing Sample – Please submit a 2-3 page writing sample. 

For additional information on the intern program, please feel free to call the Washington office Intern Coordinator at (202) 224-4721.