A Director's Internship in the office of U.S. Senator Shaheen is an excellent way to learn firsthand how our government works, and to play an important role in a U.S. Senate office. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience by assisting the Senator's professional staff with administrative tasks and press.
Legislative and correspondence duties. The Director's Intern will be able to observe the inner workings of the federal government. Working with the Washington staff gives students a chance to see how the Senate functions, and how it interacts with the other branches of government. Additionally, interns are encouraged to take advantage of everything Capitol Hill has to offer, including listening to floor debate, attending congressional hearings, seminars and speeches, utilizing Senate research facilities, and visiting Washington's museums. The Director's Intern will be required to participate in a broad range of office operations, ensuring a well-rounded experience.
2017 Intern Reflection:
Working on the Hill has been amazing because every day offers the chance of a new experience. One of the coolest tasks is running papers over to the cloak room. This small errand allows you to walk into the beautiful halls of the Capitol and almost guarantees you a Senator sighting. Other tasks like giving tours allow you to learn the history of the building and wander into the famous Rotunda; theses jobs have made me realize what an honor it is for me to work in our nation’s Capital. The atmosphere is exciting and you constantly feel like you are at the epicenter of the country’s political activity.
The daily tasks of the internship include logging constituent mail into a database, answering calls at the front desk, and finding news clips for the press team. I have truly enjoyed hearing constituents opinion’s because it has made me appreciate the wide range of opinions that exist in this country. Beyond these duties, it is the extra tasks given to you by the staff that make the internship meaningful. We were encouraged to reach out to the legislative correspondents and assistants who handle the topics we are interested in and once you do so, they are very receptive to speaking with you and to giving you opportunities. I have attended a briefing on telecommunications, written a Statement of Awareness about health care, and drafted a memo regarding energy. Each experience has shaped my understanding of how the executive branch functions and given me further admiration of the work done in the federal government
Heather Brown '19