Internships

Senator Casey is pleased to offer internships in his Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania offices to undergraduate and graduate students during the spring, summer and fall semesters. Interns will gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process and of the daily operations of a Senate office by working with constituents and staff on issues affecting Pennsylvania. While our office welcomes all applicants, preference will be given to candidates with a Pennsylvania background.

Press and legislative internships, along with the Sullivan and Higginbotham internship, are only available in the DC office. Constituent services internships are available in the State offices.

Pennsylvania Office Internships

Pennsylvania office internships are available for college and graduate students in all of Senator Casey’s state offices. Interns should possess poise and professional behavior, and demonstrate an interest in government service and assisting the people of Pennsylvania. Interns assist the Senator’s state staff with a variety of duties including community outreach, correspondence, monitoring news outlets for daily developments, assisting with staffing of events, and assigned special projects. Internships primarily focused on constituent services are usually concentrated in the Harrisburg office; however interns may also assist staff with these services in other state offices, as needed. Interns will also perform a variety of administrative tasks such as greeting office visitors, answering phones, and filing. No stipend is provided and applicants with Pennsylvania ties are given preference.

Washington, D.C. Office Internships

Press Internships

Press internships are available to enthusiastic, professional college students or recent college graduates with an interest in politics and media. Intern duties include compiling press clips, media monitoring, writing press releases and supporting the daily running of the press office. Pennsylvania ties and early morning availability are strongly preferred. No stipend is provided, but the internship is available for school credit if approved by the student’s school.

Legislative Internships

Legislative internships consist of a combination of legislative and administrative work. Intern duties include but are not limited to legislative research, attending briefings and hearings, preparing briefing memos, drafting constituent response letters, checking the front office voicemail, sorting incoming mail, and data entry. Interns also handle a variety of miscellaneous projects that surface on a given day. No stipend is provided, but the internship is available for school credit if approved by the student’s school.

Veterans Internship

Based in our Washington, DC office, our Veterans Internship is for returning veterans or members of the armed services who are currently enrolled in educational programs such as the Post 9/11 GI-Bill or are recent graduates. The internship is available year-round for candidates looking to explore opportunities to serve the public within the civilian government. Candidates should be interested in the legislative process and gaining additional experiences in public service and the federal government. Duties of this internship are the same as legislative internship but with the added responsibilities of acting as a resource for the legislative staff on veterans and armed services/military issues and helping coordinate special projects for Pennsylvania veterans and service members. Candidates with a Pennsylvania background are preferred.

Sullivan and Higginbotham Internship

We offer two paid internships to qualifying Pennsylvania students.

The Leon H. Sullivan Internship, based in our Washington, DC office, provides an opportunity for undergraduate university students from Pennsylvania to gain access and exposure to the activities of the United States Senate and also work to further Leon Sullivan's vision for a better America and global community. The Leon Sullivan internship is available year-round. Senator Casey will select one candidate for the fall semester, the spring semester, the early summer and the late summer. The summer internships are full-time positions. Click here for a biography of Leon H. Sullivan.

The A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. internship is open to students enrolled in law school, or planning to enroll in law school, who are residents of Pennsylvania. Each summer, Senator Casey will select one applicant to serve as a paid intern for six weeks in the Washington, DC office. The internship will provide the opportunity to participate in the legislative process while working to further the cause of equal justice. Click here for a biography of A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.

There are separate essay questions for the A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Internship and the Leon H. Sullivan Internship.

Operations Intern

Each semester, an Operations Intern is selected to support the work of the administrative and executive staffs.  This intern works directly with Deputy Chief of Staff, and other senior staff members, to fulfill various constituent requests, assist with the management of the office’s financial accounts, help process scheduling requests, and complete other unique administrative projects.  This internship is a great opportunity to see how a Senate office functions from top to bottom, and learn how to navigate the Senate as an institution by interfacing with several support organizations.  Applicants should thrive on organization, have a keen attention to detail, be relentlessly adaptable, and derive genuine satisfaction from helping to keep order and ensure sure things run well.

Application Procedure

All internship applicants must apply through our online application. Please click here to access the internship application.

Please be sure to fill out all of the fields completely before submitting. If you wish to be considered for a DC or state office internship in Senator Casey's office, your application must be complete and submitted, along with your resume, by the posted deadline.

The deadlines for our upcoming intern sessions are on the following dates:

  • Spring Session: November 19
  • Summer Session: March 18
  • Fall Session: July 29

*Applications for Fall 2018 internships are now open.*

If you have any questions please send an e-mail to internships@casey.senate.gov.