Internships

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

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please click here to submit your application for our Fall 2022 program. Internship Applications must be submitted through the application portal. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on July 31, 2022. Please contact our internship coordinators via email at internship_padilla@padilla.senate.gov 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. We will adjust the program format for internship classes as needed to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. For our fall internship program, we are still assessing if participants will be in-person or virtual.

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