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 offices’ 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.

The application period for summer 2021 is now closed, and the dates for our Fall internship program are forthcoming. 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 or professor). The deadline to apply was Sunday April 11, 2021.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all internship positions are expected to be virtual for the upcoming summer session.

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 2021 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).