Congressional Internships



As a service to Columbia and Barnard students, the Columbia University Office of Government and Community Affairs provides assistance to undergraduates interested in spending the summer interning in either the local or Washington, DC office of a United States Congressperson.  In addition to assisting students as they apply for internships, our office also hosts events for Columbia students in D.C. throughout the summer and passes along information about exciting events and opportunities open to Columbians in our nation's capital.  Those who wish to receive advice and guidance from the Office of Government and Community Affairs should register their intention to apply to a congressional office by emailing Phoebe-Sade Arnold ( with their contact information, home state, and the offices to which they intend to apply. 

Limited funds may be available to students eligible for financial assistance. In order to be eligible, applicants must be students of Columbia College, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or the School of General Studies.  Barnard College offers assistance to students pursuing unpaid internships through the Alumnae and Donor Sponsored Internship Grant Program. More information, including deadlines and requirements, can be found at:

Summer internships in Washington, D.C. afford students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the inner workings of the federal government.  While interns are most often not directly involved in policy-making, they gain valuable exposure to the procedure, politics, agenda setting and policy of the nation’s capital.  Unlike Washington, D.C. offices, district offices do not usually concentrate on policy-making, but provide students with valuable experience in the constituent relations and casework. 

The responsibilities of an intern may vary from office to office.  In general, an intern will:
Washington DC Internship
Perform general office duties
Have an opportunity for involvement in one or more of the following:                
- Attend committee hearings and prepare reports
- Research policy and legislation
- Draft correspondence, articles, and speeches
- Represent the office at meetings and briefings
- Lead tours of the Capitol for visiting constituents
- Answer constituent mail

District Office Internship
Perform general office duties
Have an opportunity for involvement in one or more or the following:                
- Perform casework for constituents
- Record constituent sentiment on policy issues
- Answer constituent mail

Columbia does not grant students academic credit for completing congressional Internships.  Internships are, however, listed on official University transcripts.

For more information on the Columbia University Congressional Internship Program, please contact Karen Jewett, Vice President, Government and Community Affairs at (212) 854-4344 ( or Phoebe-Sade Arnold, Administrative Coordinator at (212) 854-5701 (

Download housing information for summer 2017

Internship Stipend Program

The Office of Government and Community Affairs is happy to announce the 2015 Congressional Internship Stipend Program for Columbia College, SEAS and GS students.  It is important to note that the application must be handed in complete.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please review the application and direct any questions you may have to Phoebe-Sade Arnold at

Please note the following items:

  • The stipend is available to students who will be interning in Washington D.C.
  • Stipend recipients should also have received Pell Grants during the academic year.

If you have yet to be accepted by a Congressional office, the Office of Government and Community Affairs will confirm that you have applied to intern in one or more Congressional offices in Washington D.C.  You will still be considered for a summer stipend, even if you have not received final acceptance from a Congressional office.

Download 2017 Stipend Application

Other Internship Opportunities

Internships through the Columbia University Center for Career Education

CCE has several summer internship programs for Columbia students.  The link below has the over 100 current international and domestic positions available in a wide variety of industries:

In addition, if you’d like help on your resume, conducting industry research, or brushing up on your interview skills, you can visit CCE for a walk-in appointment Monday–Friday from 1-4PM, or you can call them at (212) 854-5609.