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

by justineh

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


Washington, District of Columbia

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Pragya Malik '19

Organization Description
The Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is a congressional office in which we support the Congresswoman as she serves the constituents of New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. A team of 10 staffers support the Congresswoman in the DC office with policy, scheduling, constituent relations, and other tasks.

Bonnie Watson Coleman, a long-time and influential advocate for the people of New Jersey, is currently serving her first term in the United States Congress. Prior to her election as Representative for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, Watson Coleman served eight consecutive terms in the New Jersey General Assembly.

Watson Coleman has also fought on the front lines of the fight to improve the lives of working families and protect our environment and natural resources, supporting increases in the minimum wage and sponsoring legislation that created New Jersey’s first energy efficiency standards. She also authored legislation creating New Jersey’s Office of the Comptroller in an effort to battle waste, fraud, and abuse in government spending.

As a member of the 114th Congress, Watson Coleman serves on both the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the House Committee on Homeland Security, where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Homeland Oversight. Watson Coleman is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

Internship Description
In Washington, DC, interns' responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.

The strongest candidates will have the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a team oriented environment. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to answering the phones, attending briefings, researching legislation, writing constituent correspondence, and giving Capitol tours. Candidates from New Jersey’s 12th district are especially encouraged to apply, although all applications will be considered regardless of district or state ties.

Internship Qualifications
Must be proficient in Microsoft programs (Word, Outlook,  Excel, PowerPoint).

Looking for an intern who is interested in politics, public service, or public policy and working with a fast paced and dynamic office.
Though not required, an intern with previous internship experience in government, campaigns, or politics is helpful.

** Writing sample required: one page sample on what policy Congress should consider next and why**

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
6:00 pm

Required Dates
6/4/18 - 8/10/18

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Housing locations can be supported through different Washington DC internship organizations or by subleasing. All preparation work will take place inside regular work hours. 

** Writing sample required: one page sample on what policy Congress should consider next and why**

Evaluation Excerpt

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

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program