Kirsten Gillibrand United States Senator for New York

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U.S. Senate Internships

We expect a great deal from our interns. Candidates will have a diverse, challenging experience and make a genuine contribution to Senator Gillibrand’s work on behalf of New York and the nation.

Internship opportunities are available in each of Senator Gillibrand’s following offices: Washington, D.C., New York City, Melville, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo.

To learn more, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about internship opportunities in the Senate.

Upcoming Application deadlines:

Winter/Spring 2016:

Winter Application Deadline: November 20, 2015

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will I be doing?

Our interns assist staff in a wide range of areas including press, scheduling, correspondence, and legislative policy. While intern duties are largely administrative, candidates should expect to be given more and more responsibilities as they progress through their internship, depending on their individual interests.
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What is the application deadline?

Winter/Spring Session 2016:

          Application Deadline: November 20, 2015

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Are all materials due at the application deadline?

All materials, including letters of reference, must be submitted by the application deadline. Any materials submitted after the deadline will result in an incomplete application which may not be considered.
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Are internships paid?

Unfortunately, internships are not paid. Applicants may seek financial assistance on their own from outside sources. However, Senate rules require that receiving financial assistance from outside sources does not create a conflict of interest with your Senate work.  Please indicate on your application if you plan to receive funding from an outside source.
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Can I apply if I am not from New York?

Although preference is given to applicants who are from New York, students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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Can I receive academic credit for completing an internship?

Awarding academic credit for an internship is at the discretion of your college or university. However, we will assist you in providing appropriate information as requested by your school.  Arrangements for accreditation should be made before you begin the internship.
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Can I apply if I am a high school student?

No. Unfortunately we receive a high number of applicants and we must limit the available positions to graduates only.
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Can I apply if I am a law/graduate student? 

This program is designed to enhance a course of study for an undergraduate student. While we may consider an application from students pursuing higher degrees (Law, Masters, etc.) it is important to keep in mind that the level of work is appropriate for those recently graduated, or currently pursuing their undergraduate degree. 

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How competitive is the application process?

As we receive applications from many qualified applicants, the application process is fairly competitive. However, our office always has a lot of work to do, which means we have many intern positions to fill. While summer is the most competitive session, spring and fall sessions tend to be somewhat less competitive.
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