Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

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.

City/State

Washington, DC

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.

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Public Transit

Housing Provided 

Format

10 Flexible 9:00am  5:00pm Yes No In person

Housing Information

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.

Internship Qualifications

This program is designed for undergraduate 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.

Writing Sample Requirement

  • 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.

Special Requirements

  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Vaccinations
  • Successful interns usually make time to stay abreast of current events