Monday, March 17, 2008

Working for Congress

As a Hamilton Washington, DC Program Alum and a former Congressional staffer, I wanted to offer a few tips about landing an internship or a job on Capitol Hill. I know that one of the biggest challenges is finding a job opportunity. Whether you have recently moved to DC or are searching for an internship from your library cubicle in Clinton, NY - I know it can be difficult to figure out where to find Congressional jobs. Thus, I'd like to offer a few places that may help you find these types of opportunities. Best of luck!

Websites To Visit
Roll Call Magazine
The Hill Magazine
The Leadership Institute
Hill Zoo
U.S. Senate Employement Bulletin
House of Representatives Employement Resources

People To Contact
Hamilton Alum with Congressional Backgrounds (LinkedIn can help you find them)
Hamilton Washington Semester Professors
Congressional Committees (Pick a few whose jurisdiction interests you and then cold call them to inquire about internships)
Your Members of Congress (Whether it's the House or Senate, Members are always looking for applicants from their district or state)

Still Looking...
2008 offers many chances to volunteer for legislative campaigns. Both the DNC and RNC have headquarters in DC. Contact their offices for opportunities.

One Last Tip
Feel free to shoot me an email at and I'd be more than happy to let you know when I hear of openings from friends and former colleagues.

1 comment:

TJE said...

Thanks Jessica. Good advice.