Office of Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell '86

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell is in her sixth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in her own right and is the first black woman to ever serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation.

Congresswoman Sewell sits on the exclusive House Ways and Means Committee and brings to the committee her more than 15 years of experience as a securities and public finance attorney. Currently, in the 117th Congress, she serves as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee where she sits on three subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Health; the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures; and the Subcommittee on Social Security.

In her short time in Congress, Sewell has held several leadership positions including Freshman Class President in the 112th Congress. In the 117th Congress, she was selected by the Democratic Whip James Clyburn to serve as a Chief Deputy Whip, and sits on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus.

A proud product of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, Congresswoman Sewell was the first black valedictorian of Selma High School. She is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Oxford University in England and received her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Interns will gain valuable experience in writing letters to constituents, drafting press releases and social media posts, how the House of Representatives operates, how bills are passed through Congress, as well as constituent outreach and how a Congressional office operates day-to-day. We ensure that our interns are connected to all different areas in our office and that they get great research, writing, and policy knowledge working here.

City/State

Washington, DC

Internship Description

The interns do several projects including writing Constituent letters and drafting a policy brief that focuses on an office policy priority (such as waste water, voting rights, rural healthcare, etc.). Additionally, our interns write Congressional Records that the Congresswoman submits to be included as House Floor remarks for that day. Finally, interns help our press team create graphics for social media, draft press releases, and help with daily news clips. Interns also answer constituent calls and draft daily call logs. Finally, Interns create daily mail memos and send that to All Staff and the Member.

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8 Flexible 9:00am  6:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

There is Intern Housing in Washington, DC and we can connect students with resources.

Internship Qualifications

  • Interest in Public Policy/ Government Affairs
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong written and oral skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take direction well

Additional qualifications:

  • Ties to Alabama or the South are a plus
  • Pay strong attention to detail
  • Able to do multiple assignments at once

Writing Sample Requirement

  • 2-3 page sample essay, sample letter, sample memo, sample press release, OR sample legislation.

Special Requirements

  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Vaccinations