Intern: Representative Keith Ellison's Office

The Office of Congressman Keith Ellison is looking for enthusiastic interns for our Washington and Minneapolis offices. We seek interns who are curious, hardworking, and passionate about serving Minnesota’s 5th district.  Though many applicants are studying public policy, our work is broad and we encourage applicants interested in a wide range of careers. Internships are unpaid and begin in January, May, and September, and generally last 3-4 months.  While Congressman Ellison encourages all individuals to apply, applicants with strong ties to the Fifth District or Minnesota are preferred. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The internship offers an excellent opportunity to learn about Congress, the legislative process, and the government in general. The primary duties of interns include assisting the Congressman's staff in clerical and administrative responsibilities, working on research projects, staffing the Representative at events, and helping with constituent casework. In Washington, interns will also gain insight into the legislative process by attending committee hearings, briefings on issues, and other similar events. In Minneapolis, interns help organize community events, connect with constituent organizations, and inform the Congressman’s work in Washington.

The ideal candidate has strong written and verbal communication skills, is detail-oriented, has excellent interpersonal skills, and is organized and pays attention to detail. It is also important that the applicant has a keen interest in the political process and learning the operations of a Congressional Office. A minimum of 15 hours a week is required. Interns must conduct themselves in a manner that reflects well on the House of Representatives.

Application Process
If you are interested in an internship in Congressman Ellison’s offices please submit the following via email:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two Writing Samples
  • Two References

Washington, D.C
Internships in the Washington, D.C, office are offered year round, with terms beginning in January, late May, and September. Applications must be received by the following deadline:

  • Fall Internship – July 15th
  • Spring Internship – December 4th  
  • Summer Internship – March 15th

Minneapolis, MN
Internships in the Minneapolis, office are offered year round, with terms beginning in January, late May, and September. Applications must be received by the following deadline:

  • Fall Internship – August 15th (September 1st final deadline)
  • Spring Internship – December 4th 
  • Summer Internship – April 15th  

DC Internship Coordinator:

Attn: Elyse
Office of Congressman Keith Ellison
2263 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Minnesota Internship Coordinator:

Attn: Nicky
Office of Congressman Keith Ellison
2100 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

If you have any questions please contact our D.C. Office at 202-225-4755 or our Minneapolis Office at 612-522-1212.

* Due to increased security measures, all postal mail sent to the U.S House can take between 2-6 weeks longer than usual to reach the office. When mailing your application, please allow enough time for your application to be received by the aforementioned deadlines.

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