Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman

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PICS Organization Name
Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman - New Jersey's 12th Congressional District

City/State
Washington, District of Columbia

Organization Description

We are apart of congress working to serve our constituency. Interns will be tasked with supporting staff on serving constituents, as well as researching and organizing information that helps with the legislative process in congress.

Internship Description

We cater interns specific projects based on their interests. All interns have general office responsibilities that help the office function. However, we assign, briefings, research projects as well as independent assignments that help our staff craft or message legislation.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • Open minded, flexible, team player, dedicated, adaptable

** Writing sample required: cover letter

Additional Info
Housing locations can be supported through different Washington DC internship organizations or by subleasing. GWU, American, and Georgetown offer housing to local college students. They also have apartment complexes that are catered specifically to college students of the area.

All preparation work will take place inside regular work hours. 

Former Interns
Rish Dishide '22, Celia Buchband '22, Karthik Ramesh '21, Valeria Torres-Olivares '22, Dayna Valek '20

Evaluation Excerpt

One of the biggest values in Congresswoman Watson Coleman’s office is fighting for her constituents and all marginalized people, and I could tell that the staff really cares about that and brings it into their work. Especially with the district staff members, their whole job is about working to help their constituents as much as possible and it’s clear that this is an important part of the office. It was also an educationally enriching experience for me to learn about the different roles of staff in a congressional office and how the office works with constituents and on legislation.  -- Celia Buchband '22

I can’t think of a better place in the country to get a taste of systematic, widespread and thorough social change than Capitol Hill. Legislation of enormous impact is constantly being discussed, hypothesized, and written in offices across the Hill. Much of this legislation does not get passed but the process of researching and writing the legislation educates you about the big issues facing society and, importantly, the best ways to go about solving them.
--Karthik Ramesh '21

Overall, this internship experience was truly irreplaceable and at a juncture in American politics that will go down in the history books. It solidified some of my political interests -- electoral politics and voting rights as well as technology and user protection, gave me valuable insight into the committee process, and resulted in my first personal experience with the differences in how different media outlets cover the same issue (which gives me a new perspective on all the news I now consume).
—Pragya Malik '19

 I definitely feel more connected to civic service after the experience. I found it very valuable to educate constituents about how congressional offices work and what's happening inside them. I learned that in the future, whatever I end up doing, I want to be a public servant and use my skills and resources to advance the situations of others. —Dayna Valek '20

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The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service Program

This internship is part of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program. LDSF exposes undergraduate students to government work and its impact through 10-week, full-time, high-level internship placements with elected officials and agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. While not all Schaeffer Fellows pursue a career in government, the program creates the opportunity for participants to become engaged citizens and develop an informed view of government service and operations. Schaeffer Fellows are selected from five universities – Harvard University; Princeton University; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Southern California; and the University of Virginia.

Schaeffer Fellows represent a diversity of backgrounds, political perspectives, and academic disciplines. Common among them is their interest in learning more about public service and the role of government. Schaeffer Fellows interact with government officials and constituents; track legislation; conduct research; draft policy memos and constituent letters; attend meetings, hearings, and events; support program development and implementation; contribute to daily office operations; and develop lasting professional networks with government officials and other interns.

Learn more about the Schaeffer Fellows program.