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September 23, 2014

Company:
Not Specified
Industry: Government
Experience: Not Specified
Location:
District of Columbia
Salary: Paid
Ad Expires:
November 14, 2013
Job ID: 1535467

Internship Opportunities

LegiStorm offers positions to motivated interns who want to learn the about how Congress works and gain experience with data in a congressional context. Interns that join our team will help uncover and release new treasure troves of data about Congress. With that new data, we hope to continue to push the boundaries of what kind of research is possible about how Congress works. Undergraduate and graduate interns have come to us from disciplines as varied as political science, economics, statistics, journalism, physics, business and law, among others.
 
We currently are seeking both paid and unpaid interns. Paid interns receive a modest stipend to help defray expenses and they will work a full 40 hour work week during normal business hours. Unpaid interns should work at least 20 hours per week and will receive a modest travel stipend; unpaid intern schedules are flexible. Internship beginning and end dates also are flexible but all internships are expected to run for at least 10 weeks. All work will be performed on site at our offices on Capitol Hill and may require periodic visits to congressional offices, located a few blocks away. Academic credit for internships is strongly encouraged but interns must arrange for credit through their own programs. Interns are mentored by senior staff and individual academic plans may be tailored for each intern and staff mentor. EEOC.

Congressional Research Internship

Our ideal Research Intern is a matriculating undergraduate or graduate student who is motivated, organized, self-directed, fast, accurate, diligent, politically interested, always questioning, and who has the beginnings of some hard-core research skills. Journalism students who want to focus more on research than writing are particularly welcome (although some limited writing opportunities will be available to someone who shows interest and talent). Those pursuing history, statistics, economics or library science careers may also particularly benefit from the intense research focus we provide. Regardless of degree, anyone who loves research - mostly web-based or document-based - is a suitable candidate.

LegiStorm currently is seeking Congressional Research Interns. To apply, submit a resume; a writing sample no more than 300 words in length; and, a cover letter that details your academic and professional/intern-type research experience, includes your current G.P.A., and provides your answer to the following puzzle:

LegiStorm's founder's wife currently is Commissioner of Education for her state of residence. That state's largest zoo shares the same name as a current member of Congress. That member's birthplace hosted the first NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. The lifespan, in days, of the coach of that championship's winning team forms a ZIP code. Which current members of Congress represent the ZIP code formed?

Email applications to congress at legistorm dot com with a subject line of "YourLastName Intern Application." No calls, please.

Benefits

Our internships are full- or part-time, for a minimum of 10 weeks (flexible begin and end dates). Full-time interns (40 hours per week) will be paid a stipend. Part-time interns are unpaid but will receive commuter benefits to offset the cost of commuting to our office .

All internships are performed on site at our offices in the historic Pierce School on Capitol Hill. We are 12 short blocks from Union Station or 11 short blocks from Potomac Avenue Metro, with multiple bus lines converging within a block of our office. The X8 from Union Station drops off at our front door. We also are one block from the emerging Atlas District/H Street corridor featuring many diverse restaurants and bars. Lunch is provided daily and our building has a small gym on-site. We offer a casual dress, high energy yet professional work environment. Interns typically have the opportunity to interface with congressional staffers and interns on a daily basis.