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Congressman Don Bacon

Representing the 2nd District of Nebraska

Internships

** Now accepting applications for Summer 2017 **

Thank you for your interest in pursuing an internship in one of my Congressional offices.  Representing the people of Nebraska’s Second Congressional district in the House of Representatives is an honor.  Working for Congress is a rewarding experience and interning provides an opportunity to learn more about our government and the operations of the institution.  We are looking for dedicated, hardworking, and passionate interns to assist us in serving constituents in both our Washington, D.C. and Omaha offices.  Internships are available throughout the year and are available to all students and recent graduates; however, priority is given to Nebraskans as well as students attending a Nebraska University/College.  Internships are unpaid, but we will work with schools that award academic credit for service.   
 

Available 2017 Internship Sessions:                         Application Due Date:

Spring:  January 3 – April 28                                       November 15
Summer I:  May 1 – July 14                                         April 15
Summer II:  July 17 – August 31                                 April 15
Fall:  September 4 – December 14                               July 15


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but preference is given to those who submit materials before the above dates.  Notification about the status of your application will be e-mailed to you. While the Internship sessions have a designated timeline, we are willing to work with applicants to create a schedule that best works for them. 
 

DISTRICT OFFICE INTERNSHIP

Our office in Omaha has three primary responsibilities: communications and outreach, constituent casework, and district scheduling for the Congressman. Opportunities are available for interns to assist staff with each of these responsibilities.
 

  • Communications and Outreach focus on building and maintaining relationships with constituents, agencies, businesses, and the community in issue areas such as national security, agriculture, business, healthcare, immigration, labor, social security, veteran’s affairs, etc.  In addition, interns may be asked to assist with social media, press statements/releases, and drafting of articles or other communications products.
     
  • Constituent Casework involves responding to requests and resolving impasses that district constituents are experiencing with government agencies. These issues range in their scope and complexity but represent a significant opportunity for our office to provide meaningful assistance to our constituents.
     
  • District Scheduling centers on managing a diverse and evolving schedule for the Congressman. Congressman Bacon commutes almost every week to Washington, D.C., but when the House of Representatives' schedule provides for time back at home, the Congressman spends most of his time meeting with constituents in the district. He meets with small businesses, employers, schools, educators, community groups and individuals at a wide array of events, roundtables, meetings, celebrations, conferences, summits, and other gatherings.
     

GENERAL DISTRICT INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responding to constituent requests and letters
  • Fielding constituent communications
  • Maintaining and updating constituent database
  • Attending local events and conferences with congressional staffers
  • Assisting with legislative research
  • Assisting with constituent casework
  • Assisting with press, media, and communications products

Among other daily tasks, interns are required to complete a general plan of execution for their internship tenure and to assist staff with constituent communications.
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. OFFICE INTERNSHIP

Interning in the Washington, D.C. office can allow you to get a close-up look to how Congress functions when in and out of session.  In addition, interns in Washington will be able to take advantage of all that the nation’s capital has to offer.  Members of Congress spend much of their time in D.C. working on behalf of their constituents.  Member’s days in Washington are filled with committee work, floor debate and votes, and constituent meetings.  Interns in our Washington office have three primary duties; answering constituent correspondence, assisting with legislative research, and giving tours of the Capitol and grounds.  
 

  • Constituent correspondence is the most significant part of running a Congressional office.  Members of Congress are here to serve the people of the district and our office puts and emphasis on providing quality service to our constituents. Interns will field calls from the district on legislative issues and log them for the Congressman, respond to constituent mail, and follow up with constituent requests.  Interns deal with opinions on all sides of the political spectrum. 
     
  • Assisting with legislative research allows interns to learn more about the legislative process and issues facing Nebraska and the nation.  Interns will research bills, write talking points, brief staff on a wide variety of issues, and assist with other legislative duties.  Interns will also be able to attend briefings and hearings for the legislative staff.
     
  • Giving tours of the Capitol and grounds is one of the most exciting opportunities afforded to interns in the Washington Office.  People come from all over the country to visit the U.S. Capitol, and we strive to provide quality tours through our office for Second District constituents.  Interns will escort visitors to and from the Capitol while giving a wealth of knowledge learned during tour training.  In addition to the stunning Capitol building, the grounds of the Capitol is historic in its own right and provides a nice backdrop to Capitol Hill.  Interns are able to gain access to the halls of Congress and show them to others.    
     

GENERAL WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Leading tours of the Capitol building & grounds
  • Attending briefings and events on behalf of staff
  • Assisting with legislative research
  • Responding to constituent requests and letters
  • Fielding constituent communications

Among other daily tasks, interns are required to complete a general plan of execution for their internship tenure and to assist staff with constituent communications.
 

INTERNSHIP QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree-seeking students or recent graduates with a strong academic record.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to speak diplomatically with constituents who may hold differing views.
  • Ability to both work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to following up.
  • Consistent and professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Nebraska ties are preferred, but not required.
     

HOW TO APPLY:

Internships are geared towards college students or those just out of college.  To apply, please submit a completed Application Packet (Comprised of an application form, cover letter, resume, and list of three references) via email to Jason.Tyler@mail.house.gov for the Washington Office or Christina.Svoboda@mail.house.gov for the Omaha Office. 
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Washington, DC Internship Coordinator – Jason Tyler, 202-225-4155, Jason.Tyler@mail.house.gov 
Omaha, NE Internship Coordinator – Christina Reynolds, 402-938-0300, Christina.Svoboda@mail.house.gov