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.
Although all fall internship positions have been filled, we are still accepting applications for spring of 2014.
To apply for a position in my Washington, DC office, please email Sara Nitz 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.
We are currently accepting applications for spring of 2014 internship positions.
If you would like more information on programs in Los Angeles —please contact Jared Morgan your resume and cover letter, and indicate the dates and times of availability in the body of the email.
Anna Stolitzka, Fall 2012
“Congressmember Bass’ Washington, DC office gave me the opportunity to be a part of the legislative process within a culture centered on a shared desire to create change. As an intern I answered phone calls, responded to constituent mail, provided research for the legislative assistants, attended briefings and policy strategy sessions. I supported the office in unique ways and ultimately each task allowed me to better understand the inner workings of a Member’s office on Capitol Hill and be a part of the democratic process. The internship equipped me with the tools I need to navigate the U.S. political system and subsequently identify how I can best bring about effective change for the people who need it most. I learned that change is about working towards progress and not perfection.”
Vania Kinard, Spring 2011
"Interning for Congressmember Bass was amazing, inspiring and truly rewarding experience. Joining the Member’s journey as a freshman in Congress is one experience that I will treasure forever. Being a part of a hard working passionate team lead to interns having important daily responsibilities and each day was filled with surprises and stories that I will never forget. My internship experience was more than I could have ever imagined and I am confident that the skills and knowledge that I gained have helped me transition into the next phase of my life as a public servant, and emerging leader."
Sophie Green, Summer 2013
“Interning in the district office of Congressmember Bass has been an amazing experience. I learned so much about working with constituents and saw firsthand what the government can do to help people in need. The staff is friendly and eager to help further my knowledge of government and organizing. My favorite part of the internship was attending a town hall because I had the opportunity to work with constituents face to face as well as hear Congressmember Bass speak about issues that are relevant to the community.”
John Torre, Summer 2011
"Interning for Congressmember Bass has left an indelible mark on my life and hands down was the most rewarding experience thus far. For ten weeks I had the pleasure and honor of working in an office filled with enthusiasm and energy. I derived some of the fondest memories from my daily interactions with constituents from around the District. Moreover, I genuinely enjoyed working alongside the Legislative team on varying tasks, whether it be conducting research on a certain social issues or tracking down legislation on the House Floor.”