Joe Kennedy III is proud to serve the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress.
Currently in his third term, he represents a diverse district that stretches from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial cities of Massachusetts’ South Coast. As a member of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee, Joe has crafted a legislative agenda driven by the needs of his constituents. With a focus on issues like mental health and addiction, energy costs, manufacturing and STEM education, he has prioritized bipartisan reforms that directly impact the families, businesses and communities he is honored to represent.
His efforts to strengthen mental health parity laws, increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for behavioral health providers, and ensure the federal government invests in the entire continuum of care have made him an emerging leader on mental health and substance use disorders issues in Congress.
Inspired by the rich manufacturing tradition of the 4th Congressional District and the modern economic challenges many of his communities face, Joe has been a vocal advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, vocational schools and community colleges since he arrived in Washington. His Perkins Modernization Act and STEM Gateways Act, which focus on expanding educational opportunity to middle and working-class students, both passed the House in 2016 with broad bipartisan support.
Additionally, his Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) wassigned into law by President Obama in 2014. The bipartisan legislation supports a networkof domestic manufacturing centers aimed at fueling new technologies and educating a next-generation workforce.
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 - 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). I truly enjoy going in to work for the Fourth District every day.
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