Duties for this Director's Internship vary widely and include, but are not limited to: working with legislative staff drafting responses to constituent mail, monitoring hearings, and doing background research on legislative issues; working with district aides to help constituents resolve problems with government agencies; working with district staff to seek sources of grants funding for constituents; working with press staff on press outreach and information gathering projects; providing support work for schedulers and office managers; processing mail, answering phones and other various staff support work.
Please find a sampling of program assignments below:
- Communications Department
- Community Outreach Grant Research
- Constituent Assistance
- Office Logistics
2014 Intern Reflection:
My experience in the office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III has been a rewarding one in a number of ways. First and foremost, it’s very interesting to work on the ground floor of our political system. A Congressman’s district office is really where the interface between constituents and government officials begins. It is the first point of contact for most citizens, whether they are seeking help, requesting a meeting, or simply voicing an opinion. Every day I facilitate this interaction between public and government. It is an exciting role to fill, and a satisfying process to see in action.
As an intern in a congressional office, I am also in a position to substantially help residents of the 4thdistrict. This is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the job. Many times, I have been able to help constituents navigate what are often incredibly frustrating bureaucracies, dealing with issues ranging from difficulties securing veteran’s benefits to problems with Medicare. Being able to meaningfully aid constituents, all while gaining valuable job experience, is a truly great feeling, and highly recommended way to spend a summer.
-Daniel Skarzynski '16