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 6 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: 

- Letter of Recommendation, Writing Sample

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

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).

TIME ZONE: ET

WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

INDUSTRY: Elected Officials

ABOUT US: The communications office is responsible for crafting the message and media that tells Congressman Pappas’s story and achievements to the constituents of the first district. Rep. Pappas is a life-long resident of Manchester, NH, a small business owner, and former NH Executive Councilor and State Representative currently serving in his second term in Congress. He is a member of the Veterans Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees and co-chairs the bipartisan House Small Business Committee.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Every day is different but on a given day you could be asked to draft a statement from Congressman Pappas reacting to news of the day, staff a district event or press conference, write and post social media content, or conduct research to write talking points and other internal and external facing documents.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS:

  • Graphic Design, Social Media Management & Marketing

WORK ENVIRONMENT: We are a small but mightly team within Rep. Pappas’s office - you would be working with our communications director and deputy communications director; as well as a third staffer to help run the daily operations of our press shop. All of rep Pappas’s staff attend weekly all-staff meetings, as well as periodic happy hours and social events. As an intern in our communications office, you would frequently attend meetings with other departments in our office as well as join congressman Pappas at in-person events.

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)

2021 Intern Reflection:

Working with Congressman Chris Pappas' Communications team has been an incredible experience. I have already learned a ton about the organization of Congressional offices and the duty of a communications team. One thing I love about the internship is that everyday is different. Some days I do a lot of writing and researching such as writing newsletters or remarks whereas other days are less structured and involve more unique tasks! I am deeply involved with the day to day operation of the team which has been incredibly welcoming.

- Jennifer Hughes

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