Internships in Senator Chris Van Hollen's Capitol Hill, Rockville and Baltimore offices provide unique educational and professional development opportunities for students. In addition to general office responsibilities, primary responsibilities of interns include:

Capitol Hill: supporting constituent correspondence by mail and phone, attending hearings and briefings, researching legislation and policy initiatives, composing press releases, compiling media clips, and drafting memos for staff and the Senator. 

Rockville/Baltimore: assisting with phone calls, supporting constituent casework, drafting correspondence to constituents and federal agencies, and attending community events, meetings, and briefings, and drafting memos for staff and the Senator. 

This position provides an opportunity to be part of a hard-working cohesive team, to make a difference in the lives of others, and to increase one’s understanding of the operations of government agencies and the U.S. Congress.  Interns will be paid. This office is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and attentive to the needs of the diverse community we serve.

Priority is given to applicants who reside in Maryland. 


Senator Van Hollen’s internships are currently being conducted in person.  Whether the upcoming sessions will be conducted in person or remotely will be determined before the beginning of each session.   

Academic Year Internships (Fall and Spring Sessions)

To be eligible for an internship during for the fall or spring sessions in the Capitol Hill office, you must be able to work a minimum of 24 hours/week and be a rising college sophomore or older. To be eligible for an internship during the fall or spring sessions in the Rockville and Baltimore offices you must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours/week and be a high school junior or above.

Fall 2023 Internship Session: August 28, 2023 – January 12, 2024

Fall 2023 Application – Deadline: June 23, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. 

Spring 2024 Internship Session: January 22, 2024 – May 10, 2024

Spring 2024 Application – Deadline: November 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

John Amara Walters Memorial Internship

This paid internship program honors the life and legacy of John Amara Walters. John was a dedicated and beloved member of the staff of Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.  John died at the age of 29 from complications of sickle cell disease on October 2, 2021.

John graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in 2015 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. While a student at Howard, John served as an intern for then-Congressman Van Hollen. He joined the staff in the House of Representatives following his graduation and moved to the Senate following the Senator’s swearing-in on January 3, 2017. 

As a member of the Senator’s staff, John directed the correspondence program and was a subject matter expert for the Senator on the issues of judicial nominations, criminal justice reform, gun safety, telecommunications and digital inclusion and equity, election security, consumer protection and safety, labor, postal issues, and federal employees. He was a devoted member of our office family who was always eager to serve and willing to give.

John passed away on October 2, 2021 in his mother’s arms at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He lived every moment to the fullest  – and though his life on this earth was short in years, it was long in the empathy, in the joy, and in the love he shared with all of us. Through this internship, we honor John’s life and his commitment to public service. 

To be eligible for the John Amara Walters Memorial Internship, a student must be a resident of Maryland, attend Howard University, and be a psychology or political science major or minor. Students must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours/week in the Senator’s Capitol Hill or state offices.

John Amara Walters Memorial Internship Spring 2024 Internship Session: January 22, 2024 – May 10, 2024

John Amara Walters Memorial Internship Spring 2024 Application - Deadline: November 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Summer Internships 

To be eligible for a summer internship, you must be a rising college sophomore or older and available to work  for the duration of one of the two scheduled summer sessions. Please note that while being located close to Capitol Hill offers many advantages, it also greatly increases the demand for internship positions. While we endeavor to offer as many positions as we can, please understand that the process is very competitive. Our application process seeks interns who represent the diversity of the State of Maryland and who may not have had previous opportunities to obtain Congressional internship experience. Priority is given to Maryland residents who are rising juniors and seniors.

Session I:          May 22 - June 30, 2023

Session II:         July 10 - August 18, 2023

Summer 2023 Application – Deadline: March 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.