The Office of U.S. Senator Alex Padilla offers paid 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: 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 constituent correspondence, answering constituent calls, and working with the operations team.

Press interns’ responsibilities 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.

One of our press interns will be a designated digital/press intern. For this role, additional digital skills, especially graphic design/video production, are a huge plus!


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


The application window for the Summer 2023 term is now closed. The application for the Fall 2023 term will be open during the summer. Please contact our internship coordinators via email at with any questions.

Please note: At this time, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 public health crisis and are committed to ensuring the health and safety of interns. The Summer 2023 program is tentatively scheduled to be hybrid/in-person, however office staff reserve the right to make appropriate changes based on health conditions.

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