Internships and Fellowships
Internships and fellowships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Although programs in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students' hectic course schedules, but generally run 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This is ideal for candidates interested in learning about the legislative process, passionate about social and economic justice, and committed to public service. Responsibilities include drafting constituent letters, tracking bills, conducting legislative research, drafting statements, assisting with social media, sorting mail, answering incoming calls, and contributing to daily office operations. Ideal candidates are mature, detail-oriented, and motivated. Candidates should also possess an ability to prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines, work well with others, and have a good sense of humor. Graphic design skills are a plus.
Fall 2015 internships are currently closed. We are accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2016.
To apply for a position in my Washington, DC office, please email Ta'Kijah Randolph your resume and cover letter, and indicate the dates and times of availability in the body of the email.
Los Angeles, California
In my California office, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns will be assigned to assist in various constituent case work and work on District-based special projects. Bilingual Spanish and Korean speakers are encouraged to apply.
Summer 2015 internships are currently closed. We are accepting applications for Fall 2015.
Carson Acosta, Spring 2015
"Deciding to intern with the office of Congressmember Karen Bass was the best professional decision I have made. I learned about the issues affecting my local community and about the legislation Congress proposed to address them. I really enjoyed working for such a passionate and tenacious member of Congress as Ms. Bass. The staff was supportive and put me in the best possible position to succeed in my internship and future career. It was an honor to work for Ms. Bass, her dedicated staff and the people of California’s 37th district."
Faith Fugar, Spring 2015
"Interning with the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass was a very rewarding experience. The warm and welcoming staff was invested in helping me navigate the office as well as advising me about future career paths. I enjoyed learning about the ins and outs of the legislative process in Congress. Interning for Rep. Bass is a unique experience because she has established a very specific vision that shines through the work that the office performs. I am confident that the professional and personal skills that I acquired during my time in the office will follow me throughout my future career."
Jordun Lawrence, Fall 2014
"Every day I have been inspired by the hard work and perseverance that goes on in Ms. Bass’ office and I find that I have constantly been inspired to be the absolute best version of myself. I can say with confidence that when I enter the workforce after this internship, I will have the skills, experiences and passion that will give me a competitive edge over my peers. Interning here has been an incredible experience."
Adam El-Sahn, Fall 2014 (Washington, DC Office) & Spring 2015 (Los Angeles Office)
"My time interning in the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass has been an invaluable learning experience that has helped me grow both professionally and personally. It afforded me the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and gave me an inside look at how our legislative process works and the vast array of services a congressional office offers to the community. I would highly recommend interning in the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass to anyone who is looking to learn about the inner workings of Congress in a supportive and stimulating environment. I know that the lessons and skills I developed interning here will stay with me long into my professional career."