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Internships

DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WE HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL OUR FALL INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS IN NEW JERSEY AND WASHINGTON, D.C. 

Check back later in this fall for spring applications.

There are four different internship opportunities throughout the year:

  • Fall session is from August to December
  • Spring session is from January to May

There are two summer sessions (you can apply for either or both sessions):

  • Summer session one: May to June
  • Summer session two: July to August (you may apply to do both Summer internship sessions)
  • Note: D.C. Press Interns complete both summer sessions.

Internship application deadlines:

  • Fall Session: 
  • Spring Session: December 20, 2019 (D.C.) and December 11, 2020 (N.J.)
  • Summer Sessions: April 10 (N.J.) and April 20, 2020 (D.C.)

Applicant Information

  • Applicants from New Jersey will be prioritized.
  • You should complete and submit your online application in one sitting. (Your responses will be saved once you click “send,” therefore you may want to draft answers in a separate document before beginning your online application.)
  • All internships are unpaid.

D.C. INTERNSHIP

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez seeks full time interns for the summer sessions in his Washington, D.C. office. Prospective interns should be mature, self-motivated, and enthusiastic. Candidates should also have strong research and writing skills. 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. This internship is unpaid. New Jersey ties are preferred, but not required, and having Spanish language fluency is a plus.

D.C. PRESS INTERNSHIP

For Summer, interns may work just one session or both (May to August). Candidates must have strong writing skills. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, helping prepare daily press clips early in the morning, drafting press releases, managing press lists, creating graphics for social media, drafting social media posts, and assisting communications staffers with media interviews and events. In addition, press interns may be asked to help with a variety of administrative tasks, including answering phones, giving U.S. Capitol tours, as well as assisting staff with legislative research and drafting letters. This internship is unpaid. New Jersey ties are preferred, but not required, and having Spanish language fluency is a plus. Prospective interns should be mature, self-motivated, and enthusiastic. 

N.J. INTERNSHIP (NEWARK AND BARRINGTON)

Prospective interns should be mature, self-motivated, and enthusiastic. Candidates should also have strong research and writing skills. Duties include drafting memos, letters, and press releases; assisting with constituent services casework; helping plan and attend meetings, outreach events, and press conferences; as well as processing mail and answering the phone. This internship is unpaid. New Jersey ties are preferred, but not required, and having Spanish language fluency is a plus.

OPENING DOORS INTERNSHIP

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. 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.