Internships

The Office of Rep. Dean Phillips offers internships in our Washington and Minnesota offices throughout the fall, spring and summer terms. Our hands-on internship program offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain real-world experience in government and politics. Over the course of their service, interns will gain a deeper knowledge of the federal government and strengthen their communications, writing, problem-solving, and time-management skills.

For students seeking college credit, we will do our best to accommodate your school’s requirements.

Sound like you?

  • Rep. Phillips' mission speaks to you. We’re doing good work for Minnesota’s Third District and inspiring a new era of collaboration in Congress.
  • Radical hospitality is your brand.
  • Let’s face it, you’re a policy wonk or a political junkie — or both.
  • You’re quick on your feet and here to learn. Every challenge is an opportunity to innovate.
  • You’re a natural communicator with a knack for problem-solving.
  • You’re curious and inspired with a whatever-it-takes attitude.
  • You’re a methodically organized professional. You set goals and make a plan to achieve them.
  • You’re okay asking for help and checking your ego at the door. We’re a trusting, collaborative team.
  • You know how to pronounce "Wayzata" and "Edina," and while we’re at it, you know it's "duck-duck-gray-duck," not "duck-duck-goose."

Washington DC

Interns in our Washington office will gain first-hand experience with the legislative process and other functions of a congressional office. You’ll work closely with our legislative, communications or scheduling staff, depending on your track and interests, receive training from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), and learn how to use the Legislative Information System (LIS).

All interns will be paired with a staff mentor in their area of interest and will leave our office with a revised and reviewed resume, cover letter, writing sample, and informational-interview training. Intern responsibilities will vary but may include —

  • Showing accessibility through radical hospitality​
  • Conducting policy research to be used for floor speeches, memos, committee hearings and other legislative business
  • Monitoring press coverage of the Member, current events and House business
  • Attending briefings and hearings
  • Helping process constituent correspondence
  • Administrative tasks as assigned

Full- and part-time internships are available. During the fall and spring sessions, interns are expected to work at least 15 hours: one full day and two half-days. During the summer session, interns are expected to work full-time unless enrolled in summer courses. Hours are flexible to accommodate students' course schedules, but they generally run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when not in session.

Summer Internships – June through August (application deadline: March 1)
Fall Internships – September through December (application deadline: July 1)
Spring Internships – January through May (application deadline: November 1)

Still have questions? Call Mia: (202) 225-2871.

District

The Minnesota office is the bridge between Rep. Phillips' legislative work and the communities, businesses and constituents that make up Minnesota’s Third District. Interns in our Minnesota office will assist with non-legislative duties that may include —

  • Showing accessibility through radical hospitality
  • Research
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • Assisting with casework and acting as a liaison between constituents and federal agencies
  • Communications, media relations and digital content creation
  • Event planning and attendance
  • Administrative tasks as assigned

Full- and part-time internships are available in the spring, summer and fall. Interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, with some flexibility to accommodate schedules. The district office operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with occasional opportunities for weekend events.

Summer Internships – June through August (application deadline: April 15)
Fall Internships – September through December (application deadline: July 15)
Spring Internships – January through May (application deadline: November 15)

Still have questions? Call Rollie: (952) 563-4593.

How to Apply:

While Congressman Phillips encourages all individuals to apply, applicants with ties to Minnesota will be given preference. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for an internship with the Office of Congressman Dean Phillips, send your resume, cover letter and a one- to two-page writing sample to phillips.interns@mail.house.gov. Please include in your cover letter the days and times you will be available to intern, your desired start date, and any requirements your school has in order for you to receive credit. Please format the subject line of your email "DC/MN - [First Name Last Name] - Spring/Summer/Fall."