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Congressional Internship Program: Application and Timeline

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Application Materials

To apply, please submit your application (resume, written responses and letter of recommendation) via Handshake by the appropriate deadline for your desired internship semester. Your letter of recommendation should come from a professional reference who can speak to your professionalism, communication skills, dependability, leadership and public service. Note: Please have your reference email their letter to Mary Beth Browder, Assistant Director of the Center for Career Development, at mbrowde2@utk.edu. Letters of recommendation can also be submitted in person at the Center for Career Development during our regular operating hours.

Application Instructions 

Step One: Log into your Handshake account and search for the Congressional Internship Program.

Step Two: Read the description, taking note of the requested documents and short answer and essay questions. Make sure your reference emails their letter of recommendation or submits it in person.

Step Three: Upload the requested documents via the My Profile menu option in your Handshake account. Find the My Profile header and upload your resume and essay answers. The essays should be uploaded under the Additional Documents category.

Step Four: Return to the Congressional Internship Program posting information. In the middle of the page, you will see the option to Drop your Resume. Attach your resume and personal statement/questions. Then choose Drop Resume to officially submit your application. You do not need to upload a cover letter!

Interview Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty, staff and students. Selected candidates will be invited to interview for the internship program during the designated week for the internship semester.

Placement Process

Selected nominees will be notified following the week(s) of interviews. After notification, the student and program contacts will work together in individual meetings and on-going email communication on the following:

  • Applications to individual legislative offices including resume and cover letter review
  • Preparation for interviews with staff from legislative offices
  • Decision-making and negotiation of final placement offers with legislative offices
  • Completion of UT required paperwork (i.e., Stipend Conditions and Terms; and when applicable, Academic Credit Request and Internship/Co-op Status forms)

NOTE: The placement process can last a few weeks as all the legislative offices vary in their process and timeline. It is imperative that nominees stay in regular contact with the program contacts during this time. Failure to respond to emails or phone calls, missed appointments, etc. will jeopardize your opportunities to submit applications on time, receive placement offers, and/or complete UT documentation by deadlines.

Summer and Fall 2018 Dates

Information Session: January 17th, 2018 at 4 pm, Center for Career Development Room 229

Application Opens: December 5th

Application Deadline:  January 25th at 5pm

Applicant Interview Dates (UT Committee):  January 31st -February 2nd

Placement Process: February-March  (length of time to secure a placement varies by student and legislative office)

Summer Internship Dates: Session One – May-June, Session Two – July – August (exact start and end dates are negotiated by student and legislative office)

Fall Internship Dates: September – December (exact start and end dates are negotiated by student and legislative office)

Spring 2019 Dates

Application Opens: Early September 2018

Spring Internship Dates: January – May (exact start and end dates are negotiated by student and legislative office)

Legislative Offices’ Deadlines and Requirements

Each office’s individual procedure varies, but typically you will apply with the following: Resume, Cover Letter, and 2-3 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 2 months prior to the desired internship session.

Roe, Phil R http://roe.house.gov/constituentservices/internships Application: Call for Application Instructions
Duncan Jr., John J. R https://duncan.house.gov/services/internships Application: Online Form, Resume, Cover Letter and References
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 = 3/18/17; Fall = 7/22/17; Spring = 12/9/17

Black, Diane R https://black.house.gov/serving-you/internships Application: Email Resume & Cover Letter
Deadline: Summer = 3/15/17; Fall = 7/15/17; Spring = 11/15/17
Blackburn, Marsha R http://blackburn.house.gov/constituentservices/internships.htm
Application: Contact the Office for more Information. Email Resume & Cover Letter
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: Email Resume, Cover Letter & Transcript

Deadline: apply at least two months before the desired semester

Lamar Alexander R http://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships Application: Downloadable Form. Email completed Form with Resume

Deadline: Summer: 4/7/17; Semesters: Rolling but recommended 1 ½ -2 months prior

Bob Corker/Foreign Relations Committee (Majority) R http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships Applications: Downloadable Form. Email completed Form with Resume

Deadline: Spring: 10/29/16; Summer: 1/28/17; Fall: 7/8/17

Help Committee/Majority http://www.help.senate.gov/chair/internships
Application: Email Downloadable Form and Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample and two Recommendation Letters.

Deadline: Summer: 4/7/2017

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