Currently Accepting Applications for Fall 2018!
Please note: The application period for Summer 2018 is now closed.
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 draft correspondence. Interns in both offices assist with answering phones, data entry, 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.
An ardent desire to help others is required. We are seeking hard-working and detail-oriented college students with outstanding communication and time management skills. Applicants should have an ability to work in a fast-paced environment, have basic computer skills, possess excellent writing skills, and have an enthusiastic attitude. Interns are accepted throughout the year on both a full and part-time (at least 16 hours/week) basis.
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: Cameron Cantelmo
Please email your information for D.C. internships to:
Washington, D.C. Office
Attn: Megan Handau
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.
If you are interested in learning more about internships, fellowships, and other work experience pportunities in the federal government, and what other opportunitites may be available to you, I highly recommend this informational report put together by the Congressional Research Service.
Meet The Interns
Hometown: Woodbury, CT
School: College of William & Mary
Expected graduation date: May 2018
Semester Interned: Winter 2016-2017
“Interning in Congresswoman Esty’s district office is an incredible opportunity that anyone with any academic background can benefit from. With the help of her experienced and genuine staff, I was able to develop a professional skill set as well as make great friends in the process. I am proud to say I made an impact on my home district after my internship and highly encourage everyone to apply!”
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
School: Cornell University
Graduation Date: May 2017
Semester Interned: Summer 2015
“The time I spent as an intern in Congresswoman Esty’s office was extremely rewarding. I learned valuable communication skills and improved my writing abilities, which has already helped me to succeed in other positions, and will doubtlessly make me a stronger candidate for future jobs. Additionally, I made lasting connections with the rest of the staff, many of whom have provided me with invaluable career and personal advice.”
Hometown: Newington, Connecticut
School: University of Connecticut, Honors Political Science, Pre-law track
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Interned: Summer 2016
“My experience at Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty's office was a phenomenal first internship experience. I gained insight on how the legislative government works on a federal and district level. Representative Esty and her team are some of the most genuine people I have ever met, and they all truly care about their constituents and will help them in any way that they can. This internship opened my eyes to the process of democracy during a summer with intense political action and tragedy across the nation. In response to the Orlando shootings, I witnessed Representative Esty and her team take further action in supporting causes she cares about such as LGBTQ rights and Gun Violence Prevention, and take to the House Floor during the House Sit Down. Being able to be a part of this made me realize how important it is to stand up for what you believe in as Representative Esty and other political leaders do every day. The staff made me feel at home, and taught me skills that have transferred to my life outside of the office and has made me a better person. Interning at the DO office is an experience I'll never forget, and I am so honored to have had this opportunity.”