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Congressman Paul Tonko offers internships in his Albany, Schenectady, 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 2022 Fall Internship Program will run between September and December, 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, meetings and drafting memos on the matter 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

  • Option to assist the Communications Team in drafting press clips, social media content, and press releases

  • Opportunity to take part in congressional outreach

  • Participate 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, July 22, 2022, and selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in the following weeks by the respective office. Please note that a response is not likely beforehand. 


To be considered for an internship, please send your resume, cover letter, and 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, Schenectady, 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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