Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman

Bonnie Watson Coleman is serving her fourth term in the United States House of Representatives, the continuation of a career in public service advocating for the needs of New Jersey families and the equitable treatment of all people. The first Black woman to represent New Jersey in Congress, Watson Coleman is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, and serves as Vice Chair at Large of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Watson Coleman’s work in the House centers on her belief that, in the United States of America, there’s a floor below which we should never allow any child, any family, any person to fall. Knowing that millions struggle every day just to make ends meet from the first to the last of the month, her legislative work seeks to bridge the gap for these Americans, making sure that the richest nation in the world doesn’t allow millions to live below the poverty line; doesn’t allow vulnerable groups to suffer the fallout of environmental violations; doesn’t allow profit margins to define the standards or the motivations for incarceration; and doesn’t allow bias to push everyday needs like car insurance out of reach for working families.

We follow the mantra: "To whom much is given, much is required."

City/State

Washington, DC

Internship #1 Description - D.C. Policy:

Our congressional policy internships offer a valuable learning opportunity for better understanding how congressional offices and the legislative process work. In the Washington, DC office, we offer Policy Internships throughout the year to individuals who are enthusiastic to learn more about public service through legislation.

In the Washington, DC office, policy interns' responsibilities include:

  • Answering phones and recording constituent concerns
  • Researching legislation for the Member and legislative staff
  • Attending hearings and briefings for staff and drafting memos
  • Responding to constituent letters on various legislative issues
  • Learning the legislative process through assisting staffers on projects

Internship #2 Description - Press & Digital:

Our communications team will work directly with you to provide hands-on experience in a fast-paced Congressional press shop. Instead of attending briefings and hearings, you'll be traveling to press conferences, drafting releases, and assisting with social media strategy.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Attending press conferences and assisting with videos and photos
  • Creating graphics and videos (you don't have to be an expert but you should be familiar with Adobe programs)
  • Drafting content and monitoring social media accounts
  • Assisting with press releases and floor speeches

# of weeks

Required Dates

Start Time

End Time

Public Transit

Housing Provided 

Format

10 Flexible 9:00am  6:00pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

Universities/schools in the DC area (GW, Georgetown, Catholic, American)

Internship Qualifications

Strong interest in public service and public policy, knowledge of the Congresswoman's policy positions, basic knowledge of office administrative duties, strong writing skills, ability to multitask, eager to work in a fast-paced environment with big personalities, eager to learn items outside interest area.

Additional qualifications:

  • Ability to write in a condensed format (journalism experience is a plus).

Writing Sample Requirement

  • 1-page writing sample of candidate's choosing.

Special Requirements

  • Background checks
  • Citizenship requirements
  • Vaccinations