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An internship in Senator Ben Cardin's Capitol Hill office provides an exciting educational and behind-the-scenes look at the federal legislative process.  Interns here will provide basic assistance to the staff by sorting office mail, researching and summarizing proposed legislation, attending hearings and briefings, and drafting constituent correspondence.  The Baltimore office handles casework, assisting constituents in interaction with federal agencies.  Interns in the state office will help with administrative tasks, sorting mail, helping caseworkers and our field staff. 

  • Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate-level students*
  • Fall and spring applicants are required to work at least 16 hours per week.  The Senate is generally in session on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, so those are the best days for prospective interns interested in Capitol Hill internships.
  • Summer internships are full-time positions.  We usually run two summer sessions, with each one lasting about 6 weeks. 
  • Marylanders will be given preference

The selection process is highly competitive. Prospective interns wishing to apply to the program must submit an internship application, a current resume, two letters of recommendation (at least one from a teacher or professor), and two writing samples. An interview may be required as part of the process. It is recommended that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

Application deadline:
Summer: March 15th
Fall Semester: July 15th
Spring Semester: November 15th

*School-year internships are available in the Baltimore State office to high school seniors. Students must be participating in a school-sponsored work/study program, a credited course or senior work project.