Center for Career Development – University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee – Center for Career Development

Congressional Internship Program

Summer and Fall 2017 applications closed. Spring 2018 applications will open in early Fall 2017.

The Congressional Internship Program is a scholarship and nomination program designed to enhance students’ opportunities to work with Tennessee’s Legislators in Washington, D.C. Students who are selected to participate will be nominated for an internship (final selections and agreements are determined by individual offices and nominees) and awarded a scholarship to offset costs of living in Washington D.C. for the duration of the internship.

Selected interns work closely with legislative staff on a variety of projects, as well as assist with clerical tasks, depending upon the office in which they are placed. Summer internships will last approximately six – ten weeks and will begin either in May or July. Fall and Spring internships will last approximately thirteen – fifteen weeks and will begin in September or February, depending on the semester and the office. Academic credit is an option, depending on coursework and major.


Summer/Fall 2017 Application Period
Applications will open December 1st, 2016 and close January 25th, 2017 at 5 PM.

Interest Session
Join us at the Center for Career Development in the Student Union Room 229 for an interest session on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 4pm to learn more. Please note: All applications require a resume, written responses to several questions and a letter of recommendation.

Spring 2018 Application Period
Applications will be open in early Fall 2017.

Program Information & Forms

Application & Timeline
Internship & Placement Information
Academic Credit Options
Financial Information & Scholarship
Living in DC

Program Contact

For questions regarding the application and selection process including necessary forms and deadlines, please contact:

Stephanie Kit, Director, Center for Career Development,
Mary Beth Browder, Career Consultant,
865-974-5435, Student Union 201


Intern Alumni

“My internship with Senator Lamar Alexander jump-started my career and helped me determine what my next step will be after graduation. During my internship, I formed important and lasting relationships with staff members and was able to interact with members of Congress on a regular basis.

” This internship not only gave me confidence in my communication and research skills but also introduced me to the greatest city in the world—Washington, D.C. This is by far UT’s best internship program for students in any major!”

-Elise Heuberger, Intern for Senator Lamar Alexander, Summer 2013 and Intern for the Senate HELP Committee, Summer 2014

“My experience as a congressional intern in D.C. is something I will never forget! Never again will I be surrounded by so much history and culture. The staff in the office helped me learn so much and allowed me to participate in some amazing work. I can’t thank UT enough for allowing me to spend six weeks in one of the best cities in the world!”

-Laura Ketola, Intern for U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Summer 2012

My internship on the Senate HELP Committee gave me an education beyond that which I could have gained in the classroom. Whether it was by attending committee hearings, having lunch with Senator Alexander, or conducting policy research for the committee, I gained a skill set that I can use well beyond this summer and into my career.  Living in Washington, D.C. was also an experience all to itself. This internship program is by far one of the best that the University has to offer.”

-Matthew Reecer, Intern for the Senate HELP Committee, Summer 2014


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