Office of Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell '86

PICS Organization Name
Office of Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell '86

City/State
Washington, D.C.

Organization Description

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell represents the 7th District of Alabama. She was elected in 2010, and serves on the Ways and Means Committee, as well as the Intelligence Committee. The Washington office has seven full time staff, and hosts between 5 and 7 interns during the summer months. While in Congress, Rep. Sewell has become a leading voice on voting rights, healthcare, international trade, and workforce development. A Princeton intern will assist the Congresswoman and her staff in legislative research, constituency services, administrative support, and policy development.

Internship Description
Our Legislative Intern has the opportunity to participate in the federal legislative process. Interns will conduct policy and legislative research, help prepare the staff and the Congresswoman for Committee hearings and mark-ups, and learn about the parliamentary procedure of the House of Representatives. They also have the opportunity to sit in on meetings between the Congresswoman and advocacy groups. Policy interns also learn about constituency services, and are shown how to network with other Congressional staff, advocacy groups, and interns.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500/$450 if remote 10 Flexible between 5/10/21 - 8/27/21 9:00 am 6:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

- Strong writing skills
- Ability to multi-task
- Basic understanding of American Government
- Intern must be from Alabama or from another southeastern state.

**Writing Sample Required:  One 600-800 word writing sample on any topic

Additional Info
If students apply early enough, there is intern housing organization available, such as WISH. Alternatively, many universities in the area open up the dorms for the summer to incoming
students and interns. It is worthwhile to look into American, GW, and Georgetown for housing.

Former Interns
Lucy Chuang '21

Evaluation Excerpt

Sitting in on educational briefings and attending meetings with the Congresswoman gave me the opportunity to see how personally invested my office was in ensuing equity and justice for their constituents. --Lucy Chuang '22

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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.