Congressional Internship at the
Office of Congressman Keith Ellison
Congressman Keith Ellison works to promote politics of inclusion and generosity within the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota, which includes the city of Minneapolis and all or part of 15 surrounding suburbs.
The District Office, located in North Minneapolis, has two primary purposes: helping constituents navigate issues with federal agencies like US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Social Security, or the Federal Housing Administration; and advocating for nearly any issue imaginable, such as arts, healthcare, women’s rights, East African community, education – just to name a few. Our office is heavily involved with many businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community groups and we host hundreds of meetings and events throughout the district every year. These events help inform the Congressman’s legislative work in Washington, D.C.
Because the scope of our work is so broad, we have no specific age or education requirements. Though many applicants are studying law or public policy, we seek interns who are curious, passionate, and hardworking about serving the community and bettering our district.
- Clerical; including office reception, intake of constituent comments via mail and phone, and other duties as assigned.
- Events and meetings; including researching community activities, accompanying Congressional staff on community outreach, assisting with event planning and logistics, and staffing the Congressman at events, forums, and meetings.
- Constituent Services; assisting Congressional staff in research and communication with agencies and constituents.
- Participation in regular briefings on current events and legislative issues, and trainings on constituent services and operations of a Congressional office.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, detail-oriented, excellent interpersonal skills, organized, able to multi-task, and most importantly, keen interest in the political process and learning the operations of a Congressional Office. Candidates participating in a formal internship program sponsored by a college or university, or who will receive college credit, are preferred.
Part-time and full-time opportunities begin in January and last until May, though exceptional candidates may stay for up to six months. A minimum of 15 hours a week is required, and hours are flexible. Interns agree to serve without compensation, not to make any future claim for payment, and to acknowledge that the voluntary service does not constitute House employment. Interns must conduct themselves in a manner that reflects creditably on the House of Representatives.
To apply for an internship, please send the following materials to Sadaf Rahmani:
- Cover Letter
- Two references (not letters of recommendation)
- Two writing samples (limit of three pages or less each, six pages total)
Note: Please make sure that all your materials are sent in one email, sending multiple emails with application materials can lead to your documents getting lost.
Materials may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or via post to 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411. All materials are due by December 15th, 2017.