Monday, March 23, 2009

Intern with Senator Cantwell in Tacoma

This just in--

Please see the attached information on our internship program here in the state. We are working to update our website to reflect this information. We’ve had UPS students in our Tacoma office in the past and they have been terrific.

Best regards,

Christian Chiles
Staff Assistant
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
206.220.6400 office
206.220.6404 fax

An internship in the office of Senator Cantwell offers individuals an opportunity to serve the public through the federal government. Throughout the year, the internship programs in offices throughout Washington State allow students to work directly with congressional aides and get an inside view of the way a Congressional office operates. Internships develop professional skills and offer students the opportunity to explore future careers in public service.

In the State offices, interns have the opportunity to work directly with the public and staff members and will learn firsthand about the constituent advocacy process. Responsibilities include fielding constituent requests, communication with federal government agencies, extensive research and interaction with the public and local groups. Interns may attend briefings with concerned citizens and organizations.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be motivated, organized, and able to work in a team setting. Internships are open to students of any degree program. Responsibility and flexibility are key qualifications as well as an interest in writing, research and interfacing with the public.

PROGRAM OUTLINE: Internships are available throughout the year and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Commitments based on school schedules, either semester or quarter, can be accommodated. Internships are unpaid, but available for school credit, if approved by the college/university. Hours and schedule are negotiable, but a regular weekly schedule must be arranged.

REQUIREMENTS: For consideration, please contact the intern supervisor. The application requires a cover letter, resume, a one-page writing sample detailing why you are interested in working with Senator Cantwell and two letters of recommendation. Acceptable letters might come from professors, former teachers, employers or community members who know the applicant.