Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

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PICS Organization Name
Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

City/State
Washington, District of Columbia

Organization Description
Richard Blumenthal is currently serving his second term as a United States Senator from the State of Connecticut. Senator Blumenthal's Washington, D.C., office has a staff of around 30 people to both help constituents from Connecticut and work on legislative issues. Throughout the year, Senator Blumenthal's office runs an internship program to provide students the opportunity to learn and serve through first-hand participation in government service and the legislative process. Each summer, the office takes 1-2 PICS interns as part of the summer internship program; this gives those students direct government experience and helps bring diverse, qualified candidates into our office.

Internship Description
Interns complete both constituent and legislative tasks. Interns answer constituent phone calls, direct constituent messages, and give Capitol tours. In addition, interns attend briefings and hearings, write memoranda for staffers, and have the opportunity to complete legislative research across many issue areas.

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 5:00 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications
This program is designed for undergraduate or graduates students who have completed their first or second year of college or university. We welcome all applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and displayed a commitment to public service. 

While preference is given to Connecticut residents, students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

U.S. Citizenship is required. 

**Writing sample required: 500 words or less. The topic should relate to your major, personal history, or current events. A paper excerpt with the thesis clearly stated is acceptable.

Additional Info

Housing is available in many different ways. There are housing programs: WISH (Washington Intern Student Housing), the WIHN (Washington Intern Housing Network), and Thompson Markward Hall. Local universities also offer summer housing: GW (George Washington University), American University, Catholic University of America, and Georgetown University. Students can also sublet or rent an apartment for the short-term: the Facebook Group: Washington D.C. Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets or Airbnb.

Successful interns usually make time to stay abreast of current events, but there is no specific required preparation that will take place outside of the regular work period.

**Writing sample required: One sample of 500 words or less that relates to their major, personal history, or current events. A paper excerpt with the thesis clearly stated is acceptable.

Former Interns
Jacqueline Pothier '22, Nina Sheridan '19

Evaluation Excerpt

Not only did I think this was an archetypal senate office that allowed me to do both intern work and policy work, the leadership of the office went of the way to help the interns network and learn more about what it's like to work in government. Everyone was incredibly friendly and were willing to go out of their way to talk to you and give advice.
--Jacqueline Pothier '22

I think seeing government, particularly the legislative branch, in action, is extremely valuable. I better understand how ideas for new bills are formed, how members of Congress interact with and fight for their constituents, and the impact of reporting on politics. I believe what I learned through my internship is not something I could have learned in class. --Nina Sheridan '19

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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.