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Congressman Paul Tonko offers internships in his Albany and Washington, DC offices. 

Interns will learn from staff to serve the constituents of New York’s 20th Congressional district. Our goal is to invest in the next generation of public leaders by providing each intern with a meaningful experience that will enhance their understanding of policy and congressional matters. The 2023 Spring Internship Program will run between January and April, and flexible start and end dates will be considered. This program is aimed towards current undergraduate students and recent graduates. 


Overall intern responsibilities may include:

·         Attending hearings, briefings, and meetings and drafting memos on these events for legislative staff

·         Researching legislation and policy issues

·         Offering front-line constituent services; answering phones, drafting written responses to constituents, assessing mail appropriately, and engaging with constituents

·         Assisting the Communications Team in compiling press clips, drafting social media content, and writing press releases

·         Taking part in congressional outreach events

·         Participating in hands-on constituent casework

·         Any additional opportunities that may arise within the context of a congressional office


Interns are compensated with a maximum stipend of $6,000  and are able to work on a full-time or part-time basis. Interns in the Washington, DC office are also eligible for a monthly transit benefit towards the Metro and Metrobus. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 2nd, 2022, and selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in the following weeks by the office to which they applied. Please note that a response is not likely beforehand. 


To be considered for an internship, please send your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample that speaks to social activism, a passionate policy interest, or a historic or current political event, to NY20internship@mail.house.gov with your office of interest (Albany or DC) in the subject line. *Applicants are requested to only apply to one office of interest.* 


We strongly encourage individuals with ties to New York and those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Rep. Tonko’s office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

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