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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 Woodward, 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: Hit the Apply button and Attach your resume and short answer essay questions as two separate documents. The essay questions can be attached under the Other Required Documents tab. You do not need to attach your letter of recommendation; that should be emailed to Mary Beth Woodward at mbrowde2@utk.edu.

Step Four: Click sumbit application to officially apply!

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. No matter your political affiliation, it is important to be open minded about the opportunities presented at this type of internship. If accepted into the CIP, nominees are required to apply to four offices and must refrain from reneging on any offers from the Congressional offices. Center for Career Development staff will guide you through this process.

Spring 2020 Dates

Application Opens: August 27th, 2019

Application Deadline: September 25th, 2019

Applicant Interview Dates (UT Committee): September 30th and October 1st

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

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

Summer and Fall 2020 Dates

Information Session: Mid-January

Application Opens: Early December

Application Deadline: Late January

Placement Process: February-April  (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)

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
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
Lamar Alexander R http://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships Application: Downloadable Form. Email completed Form with Resume
Marsha Blackburn R https://www.blackburn.senate.gov/  TBD
Help Committee/Majority http://www.help.senate.gov/chair/internships
Application: Email Downloadable Form and Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample and two Recommendation Letters.