Internships

Our internship program offers promising college students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain real-world experience in government and politics. Over the course of a semester, interns gain a deeper knowledge of the federal government while strengthening their communication, problem solving, and time management skills.

Interns work closely with staff to serve the people of Minnesota. Our goal is to provide a meaningful experience that will help each intern achieve his or her long-term career goals through a rigorous curriculum, clearly defined expectations, and constructive feedback.

Full- and part-time unpaid internships are available in both Senator Klobuchar’s Minneapolis office and her Washington, DC, office. For students seeking college credit, we can accommodate your school’s requirements. 

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)

Interns in the Minneapolis office work closely with our staff on a wide variety of projects. Our state office houses our constituent services team and our outreach team, as well as scheduling and communications staff. We strive to cater our program to each individual intern’s interests, goals, and skill set.

Intern responsibilities may include the following:

  • Answer phones and assist constituents with their requests
  • Assist our constituent services team with casework-related tasks, including sending inquiries to federal government agencies, contacting constituents for more information, and drafting letters to constituents
  • Assist our outreach staff with research, event planning, and meeting preparation, as well as drafting letters and memoranda
  • Assist scheduling staff with processing and organizing incoming invitations
  • Assist communications staff with projects as assigned
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned

Full- and part-time unpaid internships are available every semester. We ask that interns plan to work at least 15 hours a week. For students seeking college credit, we can accommodate your school’s requirements.

Internships in the Minnesota office are available during the following three sessions:

  • Summer Session – June through August (deadline: March 15)
  • Fall Session – September through December (deadline: July 15)
  • Spring Session – January through May (deadline: November 10)

How to apply for an Internship in Minnesota

Please submit the following:

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

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

Interns in our Washington, DC, office work closely with our legislative and communications staff. You will receive training from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), learn how to use the Legislative Information System (LIS), and attend professional development workshops.

Intern responsibilities may include the following:

  • Conduct policy research to be used for floor speeches, committee hearings, and other legislative materials
  • Attend briefings and hearings
  • Draft letters and memoranda related to legislation
  • Administrative tasks as assigned

Full- and part-time unpaid internships are available. During the fall and spring sessions, interns are expected to work at least one full day and two half-days. During the summer session, interns are expected to work full-time unless enrolled in summer courses. For students seeking college credit, we can accommodate your school’s requirements.

While Senator Klobuchar encourages all individuals to apply, applicants from Minnesota will be given preference.

Internships for the Washington, DC, program are available for the following three sessions:

  • Summer Session – June through August (deadline: March 15)
  • Fall Session – September through December (deadline: August 15)
  • Spring Session – January through May (deadline: November 10)

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

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.