Office of Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)
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
2018 Intern Reflection
Working at the Newton office for the Fourth District has been interesting, fulfilling, and enjoyable. The constant phone calls from constituents with many different things to say keeps me on my toes; I never know what new opinion, problem, or case will be on the other end of the phone, and this makes the job more exciting. The staff members are all a pleasure to work with. The other interns are also all really cool, so the whole environment is pleasant.
I've been given many special projects to do for various different staffers, which is really satisfying. For example, I've put together a few research write-ups for the District Head about various issues that the Congressman may need to address in the House or in the Fourth District (issues like upcoming bills or the impacts of tariffs). This always feels good, like I'm actually helping a little bit. I truly enjoy going in to work for the Fourth District.
Aidan Fitzsimmons '20
2017 Intern Reflection:
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time interning for Congressman Joe Kennedy III at the district office in Newton. Because I work in a district office, I have had the pleasure of speaking to many constituents in the 4th district about different government agencies. It has given me an interesting perspective in the workings of government, and the vast effect various policies have on Americans. Government agencies can at times be hard to navigate, and it has been very rewarding to be able to help constituents resolve their issues.
Another aspect of my job that I really love has been learning about the 4th district in Massachusetts. There are many constituents who call our office to voice their opinions, share their support or even ask how to get more involved in politics. By working in a district office, you have a direct conduit to affect change and impact those as the base level, and that is something I have grown to appreciate immensely. Congressman Kennedy is an incredible leader, and one that truly cares about his constituents and America and I feel very lucky to be able to work in his office. I couldn’t recommend this internship enough; I would encourage everyone to apply.
Colby Stapleton '19
2016 Intern Reflection:
Life in a congressional district office is incredibly rewarding. Throughout my time working for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, I have learned a tremendous amount about both the inner workings of the federal government and a congressional district office. Our office handles a wide variety of tasks, ranging from constituent outreach to preparing congressional briefings to interacting with federal agencies, just to name a few. This breadth means that no two days are the same and that there is always a challenge in store. Whether I am directly supporting the Congressman while he is in district or researching solutions for other staff members, I have truly felt like a valued member of the team.
Perhaps the most rewarding part of interning in a congressional district office is the casework on which I get to work. One of the major services that our office provides to constituents of the fourth district is advocating on their behalf to federal agencies. While being the middleman in the federal bureaucracy can be daunting at times, it is also incredibly satisfying to be able to expedite the process and cut through the red tape. From working with Social Security to get a long overdue check issued to convincing the VA that a veteran needs an increase in their disability rating to helping constituents get the most out of the Medicare system, every case presents its own unique challenges for which we must find solutions. While this work does not get the Congressman on the front page of the Times, it helps thousands of constituents stay afloat. I have learned more interacting with these federal agencies in just a few weeks than I have in my lifetime. There is nothing more satisfying than calling a constituent to let them know that their issue has been solved and their case closed. Interning in Congressman Kennedy’s district office was a fantastic way to spend the summer!
Nick Karnovsky '19