Opening Doors Internship

Senator Menendez is providing a $5,000 stipend for financially needy students to alleviate the costs of interning in his Washington, D.C. office. Far too often, qualified students cannot afford to come intern in our office because of the costs of housing, transportation, and food. Senator Menendez is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn more about government and the legislative process. Democracy is most effective when everyone has a seat at the table. Senator Menendez is asking for students, who would not otherwise be able to afford interning in Washington, of all diverse backgrounds, to apply for a fall session internship. If accepted, each intern would receive a stipend of $5,000 to help pay for the costs of living in Washington, D.C.

This internship is a unique opportunity to come to Washington, D.C. and learn firsthand how Congress works.  Opening Doors Interns will work closely with senior staff to understand the critical issues that are driving legislation. Based on the knowledge learned throughout the program, interns will have the opportunity to propose legislative ideas that would resolve an important problem that Congress is currently dealing with. In addition, duties include attending congressional hearings, writing memos, and assisting staff with legislative research. Interns will also be answering phones, giving U.S. Capitol tours, and processing mail.
Prospective interns should be mature, self-motivated, and enthusiastic. Candidates should also have strong research and writing skills.  All candidates for this stipend must be students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, and all candidates must have a 3.0 GPA or higher to be considered for the Opening Doors Internship. Applications from individuals with New Jersey ties are preferred
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This internship is intended only for those students who could not otherwise afford to live and work in Washington, D.C. To apply for the stipend, you must have a financial need for it. While some students do have other means of affording to live in D.C., such as by relying on financial assistance from family or on stipends available through the student’s educational institution, this stipend is intended for those who could not otherwise afford this opportunity. The office considers a financial need to exist in circumstances such as: when a student is eligible for a Pell Grant; when a student or a person claiming the student as a dependent is eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit; when a student or a person claiming the student as a dependent lives at or below the federal poverty line; and other similar circumstances that may compel a student to decline to take an internship in D.C.

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Please note: Interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or other program of higher education.

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The Office is asking for this certification because appropriations law prohibits the federal government, including Senate offices, from hiring an individual for a paid position in the continental United States unless that individual falls into one of the above categories.

Please note: Accepted applicants will be subject to a criminal background check.