Many national organizations sponsor paid fellows and/or interns to work in Congressional offices and committees. These competitive opportunities allow talented individuals to gain insight on the legislative process while serving alongside Congressional staff. Although fellowship experiences can vary considerably, Congressional fellows typically contribute to their offices by providing policy review and oversight, conducting research, drafting policy briefs and legislation, and meeting with stakeholders, among other responsibilities.

Most programs help to coordinate the placement process and provide professional development opportunities to selectees. While most fellowship opportunities are geared toward mid-level to advanced professionals, other programs are specifically designed for young professionals or current students. Please visit the sponsor organization’s website for information about application and eligibility requirements.

The Senate Employment Office compiled a list of some of the national organizations that currently or have previously sponsored fellows or interns on Capitol Hill. Please note that this list may not include all current opportunities. Undergraduate students or recent graduates may also inquire with their university about whether “Semester in Washington” programs are offered.

The inclusion of a program, fellowship, externship, or opportunity listed below in no way represents or implies an endorsement by the U.S. Senate or Sergeant at Arms of any entity, organization, company or individual, nor the products, actions, behavior, or conduct of any entity, organization, company or individual. Participation in any of the below programs, fellowships, externships, or opportunities is at the risk of the participant and any negligent or intentional misrepresentation by such entity, organization, company or individual shall not be imputed to the U.S. Senate or Sergeant at Arms. Please note that the Senate Employment Office does not assist with the placement of interns or fellows associated with these programs in Senate offices.

Outside Fellowships and Internships