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Congressional Internship Program: Application and Timeline

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Application Materials

Please read the application procedures thoroughly, as the process has changed this year.  To apply, please submit your application (resume, written responses, and budget) via Handshake as soon as you secure a Congressional Internship. Student who secure internships in DC or local Tennessee district offices are eligible to apply for the program; however, only internships with Tennessee Congresspersons will be considered.

Application Instructions 

Step One: You must attend one of the two virtual Information Sessions offered to be eligible for the Congressional Internship Program. Your two options are February 8th at 4 PM or February 9th at 4 PM. The Zoom link can be found in Handshake under the events tab.

Step Two: Get your resume reviewed by our Peer Career Advisors during drop in hours. (See box on right side of our homepage for hours.)

Step Three: Email your final resume to Mary Beth Woodward at mbwoodward@utk.edu. Please submit this by February 24th at the latest.

Step Four: Apply to any and all Tennessee Congressional offices you would like to intern with.

Step Five: Once you have secured an internship, apply to the Congressional Internship Program to be eligible for scholarship funding. The application will be listed in Handshake.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a committee of faculty, staff, and students. Selection will be based on a variety of factors including quality of application, resume, alignment of internship with career goals, and financial need. If selected as a Congressional Intern Program nominee, you will be granted a scholarship ranging from $1,000-$5,000, depending on location and duration of internship.

Legislative Offices’ Deadlines and Requirements

Each office’s individual procedure varies, but typically you will apply with the following: Resume, cover letter, and two-three references. Some offices also require an online application form, writing sample and recommendation letters from your references. Deadlines also vary; it is recommended to check each site to which you intend to apply and plan to submit applications at least two months prior to the desired internship session.

Diana Harshbarger R https://harshbarger.house.gov/services/internships Application: Online Form
Burchett, Tim R https://burchett.house.gov/services/internships Application: Online Form
Fleischmann, Chuck R http://fleischmann.house.gov/services/internships Application: Downloadable Form. Email completed Form with Resume
DesJarlais, Scott R https://desjarlais.house.gov/services/internships/congressional-internship-application Application: Contact Office for Application Instructions
Cooper, Jim D https://cooper.house.gov/services/internships Application: Online Form, Resume, Cover Letter, two Letters of Recommendation

Deadline: Summer = 3/15/19; Fall = 7/19/19; Spring = 12/6/19

Rose, John R https://johnrose.house.gov/services/internships Application: Online Form
Green, Mark R https://markgreen.house.gov/forms/internships Application: Online Form
Kustoff, David R https://kustoff.house.gov/services/internships
Application: Online Form, Resume & Cover Letter
Cohen, Steve D https://cohen.house.gov/services/internships
Application: Online Form, Resume, Cover Letter & Email Transcript
Bill Hagerty R Coming Soon
Marsha Blackburn R https://www.blackburn.senate.gov/internships Application: Resume and More