Working in a Congressional office can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. An internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and observe first-hand how our government operates. Interns gain practical work experience by undertaking a variety of administrative and legislative responsibilities in the office.
Interns are an important part of my staff. Interns in the Washington, D.C. office draft constituent correspondence, attend briefings and Congressional hearings, and prepare memos for me and members of the staff. Interns in the New Britain District Office conduct research, assist with constituent casework, and staff events. Interns in both offices assist with answering phones, data entry, drafting correspondence, and general office systems operations.
Internships are available expressly for the purpose of furthering educational objectives; therefore, they are unpaid and usually awarded to college-level and graduate students only.
UConn student Byron Jones interns at Rep. Elizabeth Esty's Washington D.C. office in summer 2013
Interns are accepted throughout the year on both a full and part-time basis. Priority is given to applicants from Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, although all interested persons are encouraged to apply. In the Washington, D.C. office, further preference is given to college students with Junior or Senior standing and recent graduates. Selection is based on an applicant's general office and computer experience, an interview, and a short writing sample. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to the office of your choice.
Please email your information for Connecticut internships to:
New Britain Office
Attn: Courtney Chandler
Please email your information for D.C. internships to:
Washington, D.C. Office
Attn: Kelly Riddle
To learn more about the internship program, please do not hesitate to contact the Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s D.C. Office at (202) 225-4476 or New Britain Office at (860) 223-8412.