Internship

Congressman Jim Costa offers internships to qualified college students and graduates who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in a congressional office. Full and part-time internships are offered year-round in our Washington D.C. office and in our district offices in Fresno and Merced. 

In our Washington D.C. office, internships allow students to actively observe the legislative process while participating in the administrative operations of a congressional office.  Intern responsibilities include attending hearings, researching legislative issues, responding to constituent inquiries, processing tour, and flag requests, opening and routing incoming mail, giving tours of the Capitol, and performing general office duties.

In our Fresno and Merced office, interns will gain hands-on experience interacting with constituents, elected officials, and business and community leaders.  Interns will communicate with state and federal agencies to address the concerns and alleviate the problems of residents of the Central Valley.  

Terms and dates of internships are flexible to accommodate course credit requirements and quarter and semester students.  College graduates, who are interested in pursuing professional opportunities in government-related fields, are also encouraged to apply. 

 

The following are application due dates for internships:

Fall 2021 - Friday, July 23, 2021

Spring 2022 - Friday, November 26, 2021

Summer 2022  - Friday, April 29, 2022

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Constituents who are hard of hearing or use a video phone have the option to choose TDD or VP based on the type of device they are using. This allows our office to respond to them accordingly. The default option "Voice" is a standard audible telephone.

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