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INTERN IN SENATOR MARKEY'S BOSTON OFFICE

Senator Markey’s Boston, MA office is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 semester. The office seeks interns to assist with constituent casework on a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, immigration, healthcare, military/veterans, and housing. The office welcomes interns with any policy areas of interest who demonstrate a commitment to public service. Interns are assigned to work with staffers based on their areas of interest and experience.   

Intern Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing intake of constituent correspondence and casework.
  • Contacting federal agencies on behalf of constituents and relaying responses.
  • Assisting staff with administrative tasks and office operation.
  • Answering phone calls and assisting office visitors.
  • Attending and assisting with events.
  • Researching legislative initiatives and other short- and long-term research projects.

Qualifications: Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students who are self-motivated and possess strong writing, research, and interpersonal skills. Backgrounds in political science, international relations, environmental studies, and communications are all desirable but not required. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, problem-solving ability, and an interest in public service. Ties to Massachusetts are strongly preferred.

Commitment & Credit: Internship opportunities are available on a full-time or part-time basis. School credit is possible if arranged and approved by the intern’s respective college or university.

Paid internships are awarded to low income students or to those who may not otherwise be able to afford to live or work in Boston, Massachusetts. Eligible applicants may submit a 1-2 page essay describing challenges that they have faced in pursuing their educational goals and explaining how this internship will further their professional aspirations.

Pursuant to federal law, an individual may not be hired for a paid Senate position in the continental United States unless the individual meets one of the following criteria:

  • is a United States citizen;
  • is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • is (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
  • owes allegiance to the United States. (Note: To meet this requirement, an individual must be (1) a non-citizen U.S. national born in or having ties to American Samoa or Swains Island (as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1408), or (2) a non-citizen U.S. national pursuant to section 302 of Public Law 94-241 (relating to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)).

Application: Interested students should email their resume, cover letter, and short essay (if applying for a paid internship) to Intern_Boston@markey.senate.gov. Application materials may also be sent by mail to:  

ATTN: Tristan  
U.S. SENATOR EDWARD J. MARKEY
JFK Federal Building
15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203               

Application Deadline for the Fall 2021 Internship Program is August 1, 2021.

INTERN IN SENATOR MARKEY'S WASHINGTON D.C. OFFICE

LEGISLATIVE INTERN APPLICATION

Senator Markey’s Washington DC office is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 Semester.  Applications are due August 1, 2021. 

Qualifications: Our internship program is geared towards current undergraduate students. All applicants should be responsible self-starters who possess strong writing, research, and interpersonal skills. Backgrounds in political science, international relations, environmental studies, and communications are all desirable but not required. Massachusetts ties are strongly preferred.

Commitment & Credit: Internship opportunities are available on a full-time or part-time basis. School credit is possible for all internships if arranged and approved by the intern’s respective college or university.

Intern Responsibilities Include:

  • Corresponding with and serving Massachusetts constituents through tasks such as, answering phones, responding to inquiries and giving tours;
  • Assisting the Senator and staff in all areas of the office operation;
  • Researching legislative initiatives and drafting replies to constituent inquiries;
  • Attending committee hearings and briefings;
  • Assisting with a variety of legislative or press projects.

Interns are assigned to work with legislative staff based on issue interests or expertise. We welcome interns of all issue interests who possess a strong passion for public service.

Candidates from BIPOC, LGBT+, working class, and/or other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipends: Paid internships are awarded to students who could not otherwise be able to afford to live or work in Washington, D.C. Eligible applicants must submit a short essay describing challenges that they have faced in pursuing their educational goals and explaining how this internship will further their professional aspirations. This essay is reviewed separately from the internship application.

Pursuant to federal law, an individual may not be hired for a paid Senate position in the continental United States unless the individual meets one of the following criteria:

  • is a United States citizen;
  • is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • is (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
  • owes allegiance to the United States. (Note: To meet this requirement, an individual must be (1) a non-citizen U.S. national born in or having ties to American Samoa or Swains Island (as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1408), or (2) a non-citizen U.S. national pursuant to section 302 of Public Law 94-241 (relating to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)).

Interested students may submit their resume, cover letter, and statement of financial need (if applicable) to Intern_Markey@markey.senate.gov.

Communications/Digital Intern Application

Senator Markey’s Office is currently accepting applications for those interested in completing a communications internship during the Fall 2021 Semester.  Applications are due August 1, 2021. 

In addition to the intern responsibilities above,communication/digital interns responsibilities may include:

  • Compiling news clips daily
  • Assisting with drafting press releases, media advisories, and remarks
  •   Drafting tweets and social copy for social media
  •   Helping with graphic design, video editing, and various other digital tasks

Candidates with a background in graphic design or digital media are strongly preferred.

Additionally, Candidates from BIPOC, LGBT+, working class, and/or other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply

Interested students may submit their resume, cover letter, and statement of financial need (if applicable; see ‘Stipends’ under Legislative internship above) to Intern_Markey@markey.senate.gov with “Press Fall Internship Application” as the subject. 

Please note: Applicants are welcome to apply for both the press/digital internship as well as the legislative internship.


THE UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM (USSYP)

The USSYP is an intensive week-long educational experience and scholarship sponsored by the United States Senate for outstanding Massachusetts high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service.

If you are a high school junior or senior already serving as an elected official in your student body or other state or community organization, you may already be qualified to apply. For more information contact Senator Markey's office at 202-224-2742 or click here.