Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH)

Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH)

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 7 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline: 

LOCATION: Manchester, NH and Washington, D.C.

INDUSTRY: Elected Officials

ABOUT US: Congressman Chris Pappas was just re-elected for his second term in the U.S. Congress. Chris, a Democrat who is a lifelong resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Veterans' Affairs Committee. The communications department (we call it the comms shop) is a small and scrappy team responsible for promoting Congressman Pappas's message and accomplishments to his constituents through earned media (newspaper, radio, tv), owned media (website, email, social media), and paid media (online and print advertising, bulk mail). We also oversee speechwriting and public events.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Our communications intern will provide assistance to the communications team in a variety of areas including daily new-clips and media monitoring, drafting remarks for the Congressman, drafting newsletter and weekly email content, creating social media content. Our intern will also assist in running events that the Congressman holds (virtual, Zoom events) and be responsible for note-taking and providing readouts of what happened to be used in producing post-event press releases and social media content.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS:

  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media Management & Marketing
  • Strong writing and communication skills

REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: Congressman Pappas's offices have been fully remote since March 2020 and will remain so through the summer. Each intern will be provided with a government-issued iPhone and laptop with access to the House network to perform their official duties. The office keeps in close communication with Slack, Zoom meetings, and conference calls. There is a weekly all-staff meeting as well as daily check-ins with the Comms shop that our interns participate in. At the end of each semester there is an intern lunch with Congressman Pappas, and throughout the semester there will be opportunities for the intern to interface with Congressman Pappas as well as other members of the senior team

TIME ZONE: ET

WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: 

  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Laptop (will be provided to intern by host organization)
  • Smart Phone (will be provided to intern by host organization)
  • Web Camera
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

2020 Intern Reflection:

This internship exceeds all of my expectations, and I highly recommend other students to apply in future years. As an intern for Congressman Pappas, I am deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of a congressional representative’s communications team: I compile a press briefing every morning, draft scripts for remarks and speeches, take notes on important meetings, co-write the weekly constituent newsletter, and contribute to digital content such as the official website and social media, among other more ad hoc tasks.
Some of my highlights so far: I took part in a meeting with some of the top elected officials in New Hampshire as they planned the fall election around COVID-19; I co-wrote a statement now part of the Congressional Record; and I drafted a speech for the PRIDE flag raising in Manchester.

These varied and important assignments are one of the benefits of the horizontal, collaborative, and positive work culture I’ve joined; despite the hustle and intensity of national politics (I’ve heard the House of Representatives referred to as the Wild West), everyone on the entire communications team has been warm, upbeat, and responsive to questions.

-Talia Blatt '23

2019 Intern Reflection:

Being an intern in the House of Representatives is extremely exciting. I feel more informed as an American citizen and voter than ever before. As an intern, I'm the first person that constituents get to interact with and therefore I have gotten an up-close look at the issues the people of New Hampshire deeply care about. It's wonderful being an intern for the Congressman from my own district. I feel like I'm actually helping my state and the people within it. I also have the incredible task of giving tours of the Capitol Building and now have this wealth of knowledge regarding the history of how this nation was first started. Though being an intern may seem like a lowly task, it's actually an extremely important and integral part of the office. I, along with the other interns in my office, are treated as staff members and are expected to act as such. Whilst writing letters to constituents, answering phone calls, giving tours of the Capitol, and learning about policy reform, I've been able to explore a beautiful city overflowing with history about this country. I honestly feel more connected to my country than ever before.

-Elle Shaheen '21

Manchester, NH