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. Bilingual Spanish and Korean speakers are encouraged to apply. Graphic design skills are a plus.
Although all summer internship positions have been filled, we are still accepting applications for fall of 2013.
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.
We are currently accepting applications for Spring and Fall of 2013 internship positions.
If you would like more information on programs in Los Angeles —please contact Keshia Sexton in my District office.
Vania Kinard Spring, 2011 - "Interning for Representative Karen Bass has been an 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 leading to the daily responsibilities that I have in the office, each day is filled with surprises and stories that I will never forget."
"My favorite memories were when I had the opportunity to sit down with various constituents and discuss the issues affecting the District at large. In addition, I have enjoyed teaming up with staff on the Foster Care Issue by doing research, meeting with constituents that have been in the foster care system, and helping the Member establish a solid Foster Care plan. Overall, my internship experience is more than I could ever imagine and I am confident that the skills and knowledge that I have gained will help me transition into the next phase of my life as a public servant, and emerging leader."
John Torre Summer, 2011 - "Interning for Congressmember Karen 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 a 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. In conclusion, the experience I acquired during my internship can not be learned in classrooms or lecture halls, only through first hand exposures. I would implore all students to apply for this internship; it will provide a profound understanding of self discovery and community engagement."