Landing an Internship 101

Resume Tips:

  • Should be no longer than one page, 12 point font.
  • Have a clean and consistent format, but do not be afraid to tailor it to your specific needs.
  • Double and triple check personal information, spelling, and grammar.
  • Only include activities after high school, if possible. For example, if you attend college only include college information and events.
  • If your university/college has a career center, make an appointment to go over your cover letter with a professional.

Check out a few examples and resources:


Cover Letter Tips:

  • Should be no longer than one page, 12 point font.
  • Match the header to the header on your resume for consistency.
  • Don’t use the same letter for every position. It is okay to have a basic template but make sure to take time to tailor the final version to each office.
  • Instead of just repeating what your resume says, use the letter to explain in more detail what you did and how these skills make you a good applicant.
  • Address the letter to the listed hiring manager or internship coordinator.
  • Have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • If your university/college has a writing center, make an appointment to go over your cover letter with a professional.

Check out a few examples and resources:


Interview Tips:

  • Do your research, know about the Office’s positions on various bills and issues.
    • If asked about your viewpoints, be honest, you don’t need to agree 100% with the views of the Congressperson.
  • Plan on arriving 5-10 minutes early.
  • If it’s in-person, dress professionally:
    • Men: slacks, jacket, and tie
    • Women: dress or blouse and slacks with a jacket
  • If it’s over the phone, ensure you are in a quiet area with a good connection, do a test call to friends or family beforehand.
  • If you don’t know how to answer a question, ask to be given time to think about it.
  • Be human.
  • Send a follow-up Thank You note to the person that interviewed you, many offices have expressed how important this is.

Get Involved

Email to ask how you can help advocate for paid internships in the public and private sectors.

You can contact the Pay Our Interns team through this page or by email at info@payourinterns.com. Make sure to follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

By filling out this page, you agree to receiving the Pay Our Interns newsletter so you can stay up to date with the campaign.

Tell Your Story

If you have experience with an unpaid internship, you can tell us about your story here.

It can be anonymous, or not.

If you choose to share your identity, the campaign may contact you for further information.

Fill out the form on the right or email us at: info@payourinterns.com

Thank you for visiting the Pay Our Interns Application Resource page. We hope that you find this information useful. Please feel free to contact us at info@payourinterns.com if you have tips of your own that you would like to share!