The Office of U.S. Senator Alex Padilla offers internships in our Washington D.C. and California offices. Our internship program provides undergraduate college students and recent college graduates a front and center opportunity to learn the workings of a Senate office and directly participate in serving the people of California.  

We offer two internship tracks through our Washington D.C. office. Interns could participate in one of the following programs: general/legislative or press.  We also offer an internship program in our California district offices.

Washington D.C.

General/legislative interns’ responsibilities will include conducting research and attending congressional hearings and briefings for legislative staff, logging voicemails, organizing and sorting constituent correspondence, answering constituent calls, and working with the operations team.

Press interns’ responsibilities will include transcribing various news events, congressional hearings and interviews, compiling daily news clips, conducting research for speechwriting, drafting press releases, organizing and updating media lists, assisting with media monitoring and social media content, and additional tasks to assist the press team.

*Please note on your application if you are interested in either a general/legislative or a press internship.


California district office interns will organize and sort incoming mail, assist our state staff with constituent casework, answer constituent calls, draft correspondence, and help plan advance work.

Additional Information on Internships

Our summer internship program will begin June 7, 2021 and end August 13, 2021.

*Please note due to the current impact of the pandemic, our 2021 summer internship program will be remote for this summer session. Please select Washington DC or California in your application. Applicants must have completed high school. Priority is given to applicants who reside in California or attend school in California. 

Interns will be offered a stipend.  To be eligible for compensation, the United States Senate requires that individuals be authorized to work in the United States, and pursuant to federal law, be a U.S. Citizen or meet one of three limited exceptions. If you have questions regarding this, please email

The deadline to apply for our Summer Internship Program 2021 has passed. Please continue to check back for updates on the Fall 2021 application.