Congressional Internships

As a service to Columbia and Barnard students, GCA provides assistance to undergraduates interested in spending the summer interning in either the local or Washington, DC office of a US Member of Congress.  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 Nathan Robb 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 via their website

Choosing an Office

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 constituent services and casework.  

The responsibilities of an intern may vary from office to office.  In general, an intern will: 

Washington D.C. 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 Nathan Robb, Assistant Vice President of Government Relations at (212) 854-4611 (nwr2102@columbia.edu).

Download Housing Information for Summer 2017

Internship Stipend Program

GCA is happy to announce the 2017 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 Karen Jewett, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at (212) 854-4344 (kej1@columbia.edu)

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, GCA 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

United States Department of Transportation 2017 Summer Internship for Diverse Groups

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and skills that will complement your academic pursuits. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate tomorrow's leaders, strengthen their understanding of the transportation industry and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

The STIPDG is a paid internship program open to all qualified candidates without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.     The Summer 2016 STIPDG application period is now OPEN.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Transportation website.

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.  The deadline to apply for many of these opportunities is Sunday, February 8th. http://www.careereducation.columbia.edu/findajob