Interns are an integral part of our Senate operation and contribute greatly to the senator's work on behalf of Vermont and the nation. Senate interns have the unique privilege of gaining an insider's perspective on the legislative and representative process. Our Washington and Burlington offices offer paid full- and part-time internships tailored for recent graduates and current students at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Internship experiences are generally consistent with the descriptions below, but change from term to term in accordance with the Senate calendar, office legislative and casework priorities, and intern performance.
Questions? Please call the Senator's Internship Coordinator at (202) 224-5141 or (800) 339-9834.
Deadline to Apply
The application for the fall session of all internships (including Washington, D.C. and Burlington, Vermont) will be available on May 22, 2019. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2019.
Legislative Internship: Legislative interns in the senator's Washington office may assist legislative staff by handling constituent phone calls and requests, processing mail and voice mail, attending briefings and committee hearings, providing research memos, leading U.S. Capitol tours and drafting responses to constituent letters and inquiries. Apply here.
Budget Committee Internship: Interns in the Budget Committee Minority Office may assist staff in conducting rapid and long-term research projects and policy analysis, writing memos, compiling daily news clips, and representing the office in various meetings and briefings. Apply here.
Press/Video Internship: Press/Video interns in the senator's Washington office work closely with the communications team to produce original creative content for digital platforms and track daily news coverage. Experience with video shooting, motion graphics and editing is strongly recommended. Apply here.
General Internship: Based in the Burlington office, interns help track news stories in the local media, organize and staff public meetings, respond to constituents’ requests for information and assistance, join outreach staff when visiting constituent groups, update constituent databases, and more. Apply here.
Multi-media Internship: Based in the Burlington office, interns assist with photography and videography, producing short videos, graphic design, and drafting social media content. Apply here.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline?
Spring Session (January to May)
Application deadline: November 18
Summer Session (May to August)
Application deadline: March 16
Fall Session (August to December)
Application deadline: June 22
How much are interns paid?
Interns are paid $15 per hour.
Is housing provided?
Interns are responsible for their own housing near their employing office.
What materials do I need to apply?
You will need a copy of your resume and a cover letter in Adobe PDF format. The online application will prompt you for contact information and details about your availability.
Can I apply if I am not from Vermont?
While preference is given to students and graduates from Vermont, all prospective applicants are encouraged to apply.
Can I apply if I am not a student?
The internship programs in the office of Sen. Bernie Sanders are tailored for recent graduates and those currently pursuing a degree. That said, we do consider a variety of backgrounds. We do not accept high school applicants.