An internship with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee offers an exciting opportunity for college students, graduate students or recent graduates to gain first-hand experience working on issues of foreign policy and to learn about the legislative process. The position requires excellent writing skills, attention to detail and the ability to multitask. Intern responsibilities range from attending meetings on and off the Hill to drafting memos, tracking legislation and conducting research projects.

Internship Details

The Democratic Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee seeks applicants for a Spring 2022 internship. Interns will work with staff teams to provide research, track hearings and legislation, draft memos, and take notes at high-level meetings. Successful applicants will have excellent research and writing skills, as well as academic or professional experience in international relations or a similar field. Hill experience and NJ ties are both a plus. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates are all eligible to apply. Law students may apply for a legal internship to work with the SFRC legal team. Normal work hours are 9am-6pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, and applicants must commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week during those hours. Those with full-time availability are strongly encouraged to apply.

At this time, SFRC has not yet determined whether in-person internship opportunities will be available during the spring session. In your application, you may indicate your availability and preference for remote and in-person internships. Please note that an in-person internship will require you to be located in the Washington, D.C. area.

This internship is unpaid, although a limited number of stipends are available to highly-qualified candidates who could not otherwise afford to participate in an unpaid internship. Please send the completed application, resume, cover letter, and an optional diversity statement, all in PDF format, to by 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, October 29, 2021. Only applicants selected for further review will be contacted by SFRC.

Internship Details


An internship in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Office of Ranking Member James E. Risch offers a variety of opportunities to learn about foreign policy in congress, the legislative and committee process, and the operations of an office on Capitol Hill. Interns are be tasked with helping support office operations and assisting staff in their policy work. Some of these tasks include:

  • attending briefings and writing summaries
  • daily news clips
  • drafting constituent letters
  • research reports on policy and legislative issues
  • managing office correspondence and legislative documents
  • preparation of hearing and meeting materials
  • front office reception and telephone services

Qualified candidates should have:

  • background knowledge of current and historical foreign policy issues
  • a good understanding of the legislative process
  • reading, writing, and research skills, and attention to detail in formatting and proofreading
  • mastery of the basic features of Microsoft Word and Excel, and familiarity with Windows file systems and using online databases
  • interpersonal skills and the ability to work on team projects

To apply for an internship with the Republican Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, please complete and submit this form here. Along with the form, please submit your resume, letters of reference, and a cover letter in an email as attachments in PDF format to References may directly submit their letters to the same email address. We do not provide confirmation email upon receipt of applications, and only applicants selected for the interview stage will receive a response.

  • Internships take place in our Washington, D.C. office. Intern workspaces have been evaluated and cleared by the Office of the Attending Physician for safe use, and PPE will be provided. We do not offer virtual internships.
  • Internships are full-time: Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm in session, 9am-5pm during recess. We do not offer part-time internships, however accommodations can be made should an intern need to be excused for a limited number of hours each week.
  • Internships are unpaid, and we do not offer any financial compensation or stipend.