Office of Senator Chris Van Hollen

Elected to the United States Senate by the people of Maryland in November 2016, Senator Chris Van Hollen is committed to fighting every day to ensure that our state and our country live up to their full promise of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity.

Senator Van Hollen believes that every child deserves the opportunity to pursue their dreams and benefit from a quality education, and that anyone willing to work hard should be able to find a good job.  That's why his top priorities include creating more and better jobs, strengthening small businesses, and increasing educational and job training opportunities for individuals of all ages and in every community.

Senator Van Hollen started his time in public service as a member of the Maryland State Legislature, where he became known as a tenacious advocate for everyday Marylanders and someone who was unafraid to take on powerful special interests on behalf of working people. In 2002, he was elected to represent Maryland's 8th Congressional District. In the House of Representatives, he served as a member of the Democratic leadership and was elected by his colleagues to be the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee and protect vital interests like Social Security and Medicare.

A tireless fighter for the people of Maryland, Senator Van Hollen has also become known for working hard to find common sense solutions to difficult national issues.  In January 2015, he released a comprehensive plan to address the problem of growing inequality in America and provide a blueprint for building an economy that works for everyone, a goal that he will continue to fight for in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Van Hollen is proud to have worked successfully with members of both parties to pass bipartisan legislation whenever possible on issues of common concern, including expanding medical research, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, fighting childhood cancer, and passing the ABLE Act to assist families with children with disabilities.


Washington, DC

Internship Description

Internships in Senator Chris Van Hollen's Capitol Hill office provide unique educational and professional development opportunities for students. In addition to general office responsibilities, primary responsibilities of interns include:
Capitol Hill: supporting constituent correspondence by mail and phone, attending hearings and briefings, researching legislation and policy initiatives, composing press releases, compiling media clips, and drafting memos for staff and the Senator.

This position provides an opportunity to be part of a hard-working cohesive team, to make a difference in the lives of others, and to increase one’s understanding of the operations of government agencies and the U.S. Congress. This office is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and attentive to the needs of the diverse community we serve.

# of weeks

Required Dates

Start Time

End Time

Public Transit

Housing Provided 


10 Flexible 9-11:00am  4-6:00pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

Housing is located throughout Capitol Hill neighborhoods for students who desire a location close to the nation’s Capital, Congressional offices, Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and metro stations.

Internship Qualifications

To be eligible for a summer internship, you must be a rising college sophomore or older and available to work full-time (at least 30 hours) for the duration of one of the two scheduled summer sessions. Priority is given to Maryland residents who are rising juniors and seniors.

Additional qualifications:

Writing Sample Requirement

  • A one-page writing sample that you have drafted in response to a constituent or legislative concern of your choice. The letter should be addressed to a Maryland constituent from Senator Van Hollen.

Special Requirements

  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Vaccinations