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Internships - US Congress home
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Placements are offered in both Democratic and Republican offices; personal offices and Committee staffs; the House and the Senate.

The internship is eight weeks in duration, commencing each year in early-January.

The internship is unpaid.

Applicants must be Australian citizens. Dual citizens with another country, including the US, are also eligible.

For the successful applicants a J1 visa is required. This process is managed through Aspire Worldwide (ASSE) and their Australian agent Student Placement Australia (SPA).

Applicants must be enrolled in either A326 Bachelor of International Studies, D323 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Laws or D338 Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce.

A total of twelve placements are offered each year, with applications invited from seven Universities throughout Australia.

Day-to-day life in a US Congressional office varies greatly. Interns undertake work involving:

  • Administrative functions;
  • Constituent liaison; and
  • Legislative research and support.

Offices also encourage interns to attend official hearings, floor debates, briefings and press conferences.

In addition to life "on the hill", interns have the opportunity to visit many other significant landmarks and places of interest. These include:

  • The Whitehouse, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress;
  • Gettysberg National Military Park;
  • Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell (Philadelphia); and
  • Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building (New York City).

 

 

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