Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we are unsure of when we will be able to resume in-office operations and our intern program. However, we are monitoring the situation and will post updates on this page.
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.
Interns in the Vermont offices experience the various ways in which Senator Sanders’ staff assists Vermonters on a day-to-day basis, from representing the Senator at events to helping Vermonters resolve problems with federal agencies. Interns will help respond to constituent requests for information and assistance; join visits with Vermont organizations; help organize and staff public meetings and events, track local news stories, and much more.
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.
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.
Press/Video Internship: Video interns in the senator’s Washington D.C. office will need to have a working knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects (min. of 2 years experience) as well as creative drive to explore brand-new approaches to video storytelling and must demonstrate close attention to detail. Progressive politics and strong familiarity with the senator's legislative priorities strongly preferred. Video interns will be expected to assist with video shoots, script stories, source interviewees, research archival footage, photos, public records, edit videos and create motion design and animation.
Based in the Burlington, VT office, press and video interns assist with photography and videography, production of videos and graphics, and drafting of social media content. Interns should have a working knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, as well as creative drive to explore new approaches to video storytelling.