The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Internship Opportunity: The House Energy and Commerce Committee (Democratic Staff)

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This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.  


Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Washington, D.C.

Sector: Government

Start Date: Fall 2017

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours per week for at least 8 weeks

Desired Class Year: Open to all class years including graduate students

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors

Application Deadline: Rolling

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Brief Description of the organization:

The House Energy and Commerce Committee regularly handles activity related to commerce and trade such as U.S. business practices abroad, communications and technology including internet regulation, and consumer protection which includes privacy of personal and financial data. Additionally, the committee handles issues surrounding the environment and energy, health such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and national security related to bioterrorism as well as oversight of the nuclear weapons systems complex in the United States.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

An internship with the House Energy and Commerce Committee is designed to give students a thorough understanding of a congressional committee’s role in the legislative process. Throughout the course of the program, interns will assist staff with administrative tasks such as answering phones, organizing documents, and preparing materials for staff and member briefings. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to perform legislative research, shadow staff at hearings and markups, and attend briefings on subjects within the Committee’s broad jurisdiction. The ideal candidate is an organized and committed student or recent graduate who is eager to join a fast-paced environment and interested in learning more about the legislative process. Superior writing and communication skills, attention to detail, and a sense of humor are required. Full-time availability is preferred, but part-time candidates are eligible as well.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit, as one PDF document, their resume, cover letter, and one writing sample (two pages max.) to, with “Fall 2017 Internship” in the subject line.

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