Director's Interns will work in the fast-paced setting of the office of Congressman John Lewis (GA-05) and gain invaluable experience and knowledge of the United States Congress. Responsibilities include greeting constituents and visitors, handling phone calls, supporting staff with administrative tasks, conducting legislative research, aiding communications staff, and assisting with special projects and assignments. Applicants should have an interest in public service or government as demonstrated by coursework or extracurricular activities. Director's Interns must be hard-working and self-motivated, with exceptional written and verbal communication skills and strong attention to detail.
While not a requirement, preference will be given to Georgia applicants, especially residents of Georgia's 5th District.
2018 Intern Reflection:
My internship at the Office of Congressman John Lewis exceeded any and all expectations. When I arrived, I was immediately introduced to a passionate and collaborative staff. The office environment was welcoming. In fact, our office had a reputation throughout the office building for our hospitality and kindness, which I certainly appreciated.
Additionally, I was given the opportunity and responsibility to apply my interests to legislative work. Because I am interested in health disparities, I worked with the Senior Policy Advisor to craft bills related to minority health and recruit bipartisan co-sponsors. The research portals available allowed me to prepare briefings and memos related to maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS. Perhaps the most exciting part of my internship was presenting strategies to spur bipartisan support for our bills. Aside from my involvement in health-related legislation, I attended several briefings related to student loans, gun violence, and economic development. I most certainly encourage students to apply for this Director’s Internship to not only learn from and work alongside a Civil Rights icon, but also to discover more about themselves and their passions.
Morgan Ogryzek '21
2016 Intern Reflection:
Working on Capitol Hill is an experience for which no reflection can truly do justice. The energy emanating from members of Congress, staffers, excited interns, and enthralled visitors is constantly palpable. Working in Congressman John Lewis’ office in particular both requires and supplies a special kind of energy. Congressman Lewis, the so-called “Conscience of the Congress” is truly admired by so many Americans, whether they live in Georgia’s fifth Congressional district or not.
That being said, handfuls of visitors each day drop in the office, just hoping to get a glimpse into the office of such an icon. It’s been a pleasure making those visitors’ days, showing them around the Congressman’s office. Furthermore, leading Capitol tours for constituents was one of my favorite intern duties. That being said, this internship is certainly constituent-focused, from greeting them in the office (offering them Georgia peanuts and Coke products, of course) to speaking with them on the phone. I’ve learned so much about how to serve people, especially when they might be difficult to assist. As a STEM concentrator, I’ve also had the opportunity to attend briefings on the Zika virus, which I’ve tremendously enjoyed.
Working this summer during the Democratic sit-in on the floor of the House, led by Congressman Lewis, involved an especially exciting twist to my summer. I truly got to witness Congressman Lewis as the civil rights hero that he is. Not only is Congressman Lewis a hero, but he is also one of the humblest and most gracious bosses any intern could ever hope for. I have learned so much this summer about how our nation’s legislative branch works, but I’ve also learned about how to lead, and most importantly, how to serve.
Gevin Reynolds '19
2015 Intern Reflection:
The basics of the job, like any congressional internship, consist mainly of interactions with constituents through phone calls, letters, and drop-in visits to the office from constituents (of which there are many). I was struck by how much constituents influence the workings of the office.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, however, there is ample opportunity to learn about the legislative process. The staff is fantastic and always eager to let an intern proactively seeking involvement to research on a policy area that interests them. I’ve gotten to go to briefings on topic as diverse as early education programs, new rules on retirement investing advice, and environmental justice.
Beyond the stimulating research work, some of the highlights of the internship have been getting to interact with the Congressman pretty much on a daily basis. Rep. Lewis is always remarkably cheerful and humble, making a point to greet the interns when he walks in and taking care to introduce us to exciting visitors to his office (the highlight from this summer being Nobel Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai.)
Working for Congressman Lewis’ office is a two-in-one proposition. Not only do you get to have the typical congressional interns experience and all it entails, you also get an education in the day-to-day life of a living icon. Watching and helping out while the Congressman and his staff seamlessly manage both the legislative duties of the office as well as Rep. Lewis’ “celebrity status”, is an invaluable experience and makes this internship far more than a congressional internship. I would highly recommend that anybody interested in public service, the political process, or history apply for this Director’s Internship.
Charles Ramsey Fahs '18