Internships

Internships in Senator Chris Van Hollen's Capitol Hill, Rockville and Baltimore offices provide unique educational and professional development opportunities for students. On Capitol Hill, interns will have the opportunity to learn how federal legislation is created by gaining a rare perspective into the workings of Capitol Hill and the legislative branch. In Rockville and Baltimore, interns will have the opportunity to see how legislation directly affects constituents. In addition to general office responsibilities, primary responsibilities of interns include:

Capitol Hill: attending hearings and briefings, researching and summarizing proposed legislation, and drafting memos for staff and the Senator. 

Rockville/Baltimore: interacting with constituents, drafting correspondence to constituents and federal agencies, and attending community events, meetings, and briefings.

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 receive a stipend.

Priority is given to applicants who reside in Maryland. 

Academic Year Internships (Winter, Spring, and Fall Sessions)

To be eligible for an internship during for the spring or fall sessions, you must be able to work a minimum of 16 hours/week for the Rockville or Baltimore office or 24 hours/week for the Capitol Hill office.  Winter Session internships are full-time and are available in the Capitol Hill office only.

Winter 2019/20 Internship Session: mid-December 2019 to mid-January 2020

Winter 2019-20 Application – Deadline: October 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Spring 2020 Internship Session: January 20 – May 16, 2020

Spring 2020 Application – Deadline: November 4, 2019 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 full-time 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.

Session I: May 18 - July 3, 2020

Session II: July 6 - August 21, 2020

Please be aware that the hours of Senator Van Hollen’s offices vary slightly: 

The Rockville and Baltimore office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.

The Capitol Hill office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., M – Th, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Summer 2020 Application – Deadline: March 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.