Internships and fellowships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students in my Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices. 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.
Our program is different from other offices on Capitol Hill. The D.C. internship program culminates in a capstone presentation for the Congressmember on an issue that the intern is passionate about. This allows each intern to explore an issue in a professional setting and discuss solutions with a Member of Congress. The project has consistently been a highlight for interns during their time in the D.C. office.
The application for the Winter 2018 Washington, DC Internship Program is now open.
Apply for an internship in my Washington, D.C. office. Please email Nina DeJonghe with any questions or concerns.
Brandon Medina, Summer 2016 (Washington, DC Office)
"My internship was a rewarding experience. It gave me an idea of what to expect when I finally go out into the real world and chase my dreams. Being in an environment where everyone is trying to make a difference and where everyone is dedicated to their job was enlightening and it gave me more motivation to set my own concrete goals."
Faith Fugar, Spring 2015 (Washington, DC Office)
"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."
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.
Winter 2018 internships are currently open.
Lucas Kirby, Summer 2016 (Los Angeles Office)
"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."
Allen Moret, Summer 2016 (Los Angeles Office)
"My experience here has been great. Initially, I was shy but after working and collaborating with the staff I was glad that I chose to apply to be an intern in the office."