Internships

Each year opportunities are made available to bright and dynamic college students to view, first hand, the workings of government. While you are here, we hope to do several things to make this the most productive experience you have had to date. We will:

  • Clearly define expectations
  • Offer a rigorous curriculum
  • Provide for diverse learning experiences
  • Solicit input for further development of the program

For some of you this may be your first internship, and for others, this may be another in a line of internship experiences. Regardless, we have planned this program with the expectation that you will all leave the Office of Senator Klobuchar with skills that can be applied to whichever future endeavor you explore.

It is important to Senator Klobuchar that you leave with a diverse experience. Our aim is to go far beyond just a "bullet point" on your resume and introduce you to public service and the legislative system.

Below you will find more detail about the experiences available in our Minnesota and Washington offices and how to apply.

What can you expect from an internship in Minnesota?

Sen. Klobuchar and her first group of Minnesota interns: Melissa Muro-LaMere, Kristina Nesse, James Baltazar, Kelsey Hornbach, Julia Fogelberg, Greg Swanholm. (not pictured: Britta Bergman)

In the Twin Cities office, you will work directly with congressional aides on a wide range of issues.

Responsiblites include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering phones and assisting constituents with requests
  • Assisting constituent advocate staff with casework and related tasks
  • Assisting outreach staff with research, event planning and other work in key communities
  • Assisting the scheduling and communications staff
  • Other assigned tasks

Every effort is made to match interns with staff based upon interests and previous experience and positions will be filled based on office needs.

Full and part-time unpaid internships are available. If your institution allows or requires college credit, accommodations can be made.

How to apply for an Internship in Minnesota

Please submit the following:

  • Application Form (Download)
  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resume
  • Short Writing Sample
  • Three References

Internships for the Minnesota program are available for the following four sessions:

  • Summer Session
    June through August (deadline: March 15)

  • Fall Session
    September through December

  • Spring Session
    January through May

  • January Session

If you would like to be considered for this program, please send your application materials by mail, email, or fax to:

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
c/o Internship Coordinator
Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar
1200 Washington Avenue South, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-727-5220
Fax: 612-727-5223
Email: Twin Cities Intern Coordinator

What can you expect from an Internship in Washington D.C.?

Sen. Klobuchar and her first group of DC interns

While Senator Klobuchar encourages all individuals to apply, applicants from Minnesota will be given preference. Full and part-time unpaid internships are available with both the legislative and communications staff.

During the school year interns are expected to work at least one full day and at least two half days. If you are applying for the fall or spring session, please include the days and hours you are able to work. In the summer session, interns are expected to work full time unless enrolled in summer courses. If your institution allows or requires college credit, accommodations can be made.

While our internships are unpaid, we do not want this to deter you from spending a summer in Washington with our office. We encourage you to research foundations that provide scholarships to students seeking to work on Capitol Hill.

In your first several days, you can expect to become familiar with the staff, the office, and Capitol Hill. You will receive training from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), learn how to use the Legislative Information System (LIS), and attend professional development workshops. If you want to get to know Washington, DC better, our office is glad to arrange visits to other government buildings, monuments, and museums.

Every effort is made to pair interns with legislative assistants based on their policy interests and experience. Interns will support the legislative and professional staff by conducting policy research to be used for floor speeches, committee hearings, and other legislative materials. Interns will also be asked to do a variety of administrative tasks.

How to apply for an Internship in Washington, D.C.

Please submit the following:

  • Application Form (Download)
  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resume
  • Short Writing Sample
  • Three References

Internships for the Washington, D.C. program are available for the following four sessions:

    • Summer Session
      June through August
      Deadline: March 15

    • Fall Session
      September through December
      Deadline: August 1

    • Spring Session
      January through May
      Deadline: November 20

If you would like to be considered for this program, please send your application materials by mail*, email, or fax to:

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
c/o Internship Coordinator
302 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-3244
Fax: 202-228-2186
Email: DC Intern Coordinator

* Due to increased security measures, all mail sent to the Senate can take between 2-6 weeks longer than usual to reach the office. When mailing your application, please allow enough time for your application to be received by the aforementioned deadlines.