Experience Doesn’t Pay the Bills


An internship for a congressperson is the quintessential prerequisite for a political career, particularly if the intern chooses to run for Congress later in life. However, a Congressional internship is not all sunshine and rainbows. While the internship is an undeniably invaluable experience and is critical for professional growth, an internship in Congress will cost each intern roughly $6,000, according to an extensive breakdown of the total costs of an out-of-state internship by Time journalist Alexandra Mondalek. The overwhelming majority of internships offered in both the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are unpaid, creating a situation where the majority of individuals able to work Congressional internships come from families of higher economic status or suffer crippling financial pressure.

We talked to congressmen all over the hill about the internships they offered. We have collected data to create this full list of who pays and who doesn’t.

Click to view the report: CONGRESSIONAL REPORT