Student Blog

  • Finding my Career path in Washington D.C.
    Lilly Port interned at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as an Investigative Intern. She is planning to go to law school after undergraduate. This semester, I […]
  • My proudest moments in D.C.: Helping, representing and giving voice to the people
    Sana Ajeena interned with Congressman Mike Quigley in the spring 2023. She pursues a career in public policy and plans to work in Congress after graduation. To start off, I […]
  • Capitol Hill Internship & Life in Washington, DC as a Senior STEM Student
    Yosra Abdulwahid interned in the office of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet as both a legislative and communication intern in the spring 2023. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career […]
  • The Challenge and Reward of Interning at a Top Lobbying Firm
    Kimberly Stinson interned with lobbying firm Invariant in Spring 2022. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in government relations. I am interning this spring semester at Invariant, a […]
  • Persevering Through the Application Process
    Marlene Santos interned with Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García in Fall 2021. Rep. García is Marlene’s hometown representative. After her semester in the capital, she hopes to return to Capitol Hill […]
  • Making the Most of DC
    Sabrina Barajas interned with Congresswoman Robin Kelly in Spring 2021. Rep. Kelly is Sabrina’s hometown representative, so she had a unique opportunity to learn about constituents and policymaking back home. […]
  • Learning the Ropes of D.C.
    Shivani Bhogaraju interned with Emily’s List in Summer 2021. She had the opportunity to work with a political action committee (PAC), and gained invaluable experience in the campaign and advocacy […]
  • Working in the Enforcement Side of Policy
    Kadin Asbery interned with Meagan Rich Law in Summer 2021. Instead of policymaking, he worked on the side of policy enforcement, focusing on juvenile cases at the firm. The process […]
  • Finding Value in Internship Work
    Claire Budin interned remotely with Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi in Summer 2021. While she struggled with the internship search process, she was able to develop skills as a self-started and […]
  • Building a Network in the Capital
    Ben Saxton interned with Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller in Summer 2021. In addition to his internship work in the office, he had many opportunities to explore the capital and attend […]
  • Fostering Independence with FedSec
    Benjamin Nathan interned remotely with the Federalist Society in Summer 2021. While the virtual mode of the internship meant Benjamin has less interaction with supervisors and co-workers, he had the […]
  • Virtual Constituent Work
    Austin Audo interned with Senator Tammy Duckworth in Summer 2021. He interned virtually, but still had the opportunity to work with the Senators’ constituents via phone.  This summer I had […]
  • Part of the Senator’s Team
    Bailey Parks-Moore discusses her experience as the sole intern in Senator Chuck Grassley’s office in D.C. during the Spring 2021 semester. She interned in-person, working on  This spring, I had […]
  • Interning Virtually from Inside D.C.
    Spring 2021 IIW Alum Anastaseya Kulikova lived in D.C. as the capital began to transition back to in-person life. Most of her work at the Advocacy Project was done virtually, […]
  • Environmental Non-Profit Work in the Nations Capital
    Lily interned with the D.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club in Spring 2021. As a non-political science major, she was wary of the utility that IIW might offer her, but […]