Senate internships provide a unique and unparalleled perspective of the inner workings of our nation’s government. Interns also play an integral role in our office’s operations and our internship program is designed primarily for educational benefit.

Students from Arizona or those attending school in the state are given preference, and students of all majors are encouraged to apply. For more information, please email: internships@kelly.senate.gov.

Our office accepts interns during the spring, fall, and summer. While assisting with all aspects of the office, interns can focus on either legislative affairs, traditional and digital communications, or state outreach and casework.

Our office offers internship positions in Senator Kelly’s Washington, D.C. and Arizona offices. To apply, please select the appropriate internship application below. All internship applicants must apply through Senator Kelly’s online application.

To apply for the Washington D.C. office, click here.
To apply for an Arizona office, click here.

The application deadlines are as follows:
Spring 2022: November 15, 2021
Summer 2022: March 15, 2022
Fall 2022: July 15, 2022

If you wish to be considered for an internship position, your application must be submitted and completed by the appropriate deadline.

All internship positions are expected to be in-person and interns are required to work a minimum of 15 to 20 hours. Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, only applicants who are moving forward to the next step in the process will be notified.

Our office is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse communities we serve. The office does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or uniformed service.

Internship FAQs

Who can be considered for an internship position?
The internship program is designed for undergraduate, recent graduates, and graduate students. College students who are from Arizona or attend Arizona schools are given first preference, and students of all majors are encouraged to apply, but should possess a demonstrated interest in public service and American politics.

What are the internship dates?
Fall and spring schedules vary depending on availability. The 2022 summer session will start in late May/early June.

Are stipends offered or are internship positions paid?
Internships in Senator Kelly’s office are paid at an hourly rate of $15.

To be eligible for compensation, the United States Senate requires that individuals be authorized to work in the United States, and pursuant to federal law, be a U.S. Citizen or meet one of three limited exceptions. If you have questions regarding this, please email internships@kelly.senate.gov.

Does an intern earn academic credit?
Students wishing to receive academic credit should check with their college/university programs for requirements.

What does an intern do?
Duties can vary day-to-day, but generally, interns have the opportunity to attend hearings and briefings (virtually), assist with research projects, draft correspondence, and help with administrative tasks, such as providing phone support for the office.

What types of qualities do you seek in an intern?
Interns who possess strong leadership skills, thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and a positive attitude excel in internship positions. In addition, interns who exhibit academic excellence and an interest in public service will also benefit from an internship position.

How can I apply?
To apply, please submit a resume, a brief essay (no more than 500 words) stating your interest in working for Senator Kelly, and 3 references. Ideally, references should be individuals who are familiar with your work (e.g. former or current supervisor).