Interns are an integral part of Senator Sanders' staff and contribute greatly to his work on behalf of Vermont and the nation. Interns benefit from the experience by gaining an inside view of the legislative process and finding unique educational opportunities. Full and part time internships are available in Washington, DC as well as in Burlington, VT. This is a paid position and is highly competitive. To learn more, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about internship opportunities in the Senate.
Terms & Deadlines:
Summer Session: May to August
Deadline: March 14, 2014
Fall Session: September to December
Deadline: June 27, 2014
Spring Session: January to May
Deadline: November 4, 2013
Applicants may indicate that they are interested in full or part time positions. This is a paid position and is highly competitive. Please contact Application_Intern@sanders.senate.gov with questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What will I be doing?
- What is the application deadline?
- Are internships paid?
- Can I apply if I am not from Vermont?
- Can I apply if I am not currently a university student?
- How competitive is the application process?
What Will I Be Doing?
Washington DC Internship Duties:
Legislative Projects - This involves assisting the Legislative Staff with projects ranging from helping encourage other Members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation to assisting drafting documents that could be used in floor statements or legislation. This work varies greatly from internship to internship, depending on what issues are before Congress, and what issue the Senator is working on.
Educational Pursuits - Interns can attend briefings, lectures, committee hearings as well as observe what transpires on the Senate floor. We recognize that education is the most important aspect of internships on Capitol Hill.
Legislative Correspondence - This involves occasionally researching and helping Senator Sanders draft responses to constituent letters on all the various issues important in Vermont and before Congress. · Office Work -This includes sorting mail, data entry for constituent letters, and other constituent-related work.
Burlington VT Internship Duties:
Press - Assist the Press Secretary in tracking news stories in the local media and may help organize the logistics of organizing press conferences, media advisories, photography, videography, multi-media production, etc.
Outreach - Develop and update constituent databases, assist in the organizing and execution of various public meeting that the Senator holds around the state, and develop lists of potential meetings for the Senator to attend. Interns may also be able to attend meetings of various constituency groups along with the Outreach Coordinator.
Constituent Advocacy - Assist staff in responding to constituents' requests for information and assistance. At first, this will entail responding to requests for information, rather than requests for assistance. Interns may also be asked to handle requests for assistance (which usually are characterized by a "problem" that someone is having with an agency, rather than just a request for information or clarification of a regulation). Interns can expect to improve your interviewing, advocacy, negotiation, and research skills.
These are only rough guidelines, but indicate the average internship with Senator Sanders. Actual time spent in each area varies depending on how much Congress is in session, what issues are of concern to Vermonters, etc. More importantly, these guidelines change from intern to intern, depending on that intern's drive and motivation. While we cannot promise what an internship will entail beforehand, we are committed to seeing that interns get as much out of each internship as they can.
What is the application deadline?
May to August (Deadline March 14th 2014)
September to December (Deadline June 27th 2014)
January to May (Deadline November 4th 2014)
Are Internships paid?
Yes, interns are paid an hourly rate of $10/hour.
Can I apply if I am not from Vermont?
Although preference is given to Vermonters, all people interested in progressive public policy are encouraged to apply.
Can I apply if I am not currently a university student?
This program is primarily designed for those recently graduated, or currently pursuing their undergraduate degree. That said, we do consider applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds including students pursuing higher degrees. We do not accept high school applicants.
How competitive is the application process?
As we receive applications from many qualified applicants, the application process is fairly competitive. However, our office always has a lot of work to do, which means we have many intern positions to fill. While summer is the most competitive session, spring and fall sessions tend to be somewhat less competitive.