A select number of internship opportunities are available in my Belleville, Carbondale, Chicago, Rock Island, Springfield and Washington, D.C. Offices for qualified students. Internships are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters. This program is designed to enhance your participation in public service for the people of Illinois.
Washington, D.C. interns will have the chance to observe the day-to-day operations of the United States Senate. Interns will be exposed to a fast paced and ever-changing environment. Duties include, but are not limited to, attending committee hearings, tracking legislation, drafting press releases and attending meetings with constituents and interests groups.
Illinois interns will gain first-hand familiarity with how elected officials help constituents navigate issues with federal agencies. Interns will experience how legislative activities impact the lives of constituents in their communities. Duties in state offices include, but are not limited to, assisting constituents with casework questions, attending meetings with Outreach staff and researching grant proposals.


Session Dates

Application Deadline

Spring 2025 January 13 - May 16, 2025 September 27, 2024
Summer 2024 June 3 - August 16, 2024 March 1, 2024
Fall 2024 September 9 - December 13, 2024 June 21, 2024

**Please note that if you are an organization hoping to place an intern with the Office of Senator Duckworth, you must complete an intake form 2-6 weeks prior to a session’s application deadline, and candidates should be encouraged to complete the Office’s Internship Application. Questions can be directed to

Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth Internship Scholarship Program

The Office of U.S. Senator Duckworth created a scholarship program to provide access to our internship programs to applicants who cannot afford to work without pay or who cannot otherwise afford the living expenses in the city where the internship is located. The Scholarship Program is available in the following Office locations: Belleville, Carbondale, Chicago, Rock Island, Springfield and Washington, D.C. Scholarships are reserved for interns who can work full time (at least 32 hours), and they pay a salary of $17.50 per hour. Applicants receiving funding through a third-party program such as a university or nonprofit are not eligible for the scholarship program.

The Office can only provide a limited number of scholarships for individuals with demonstrated financial need. To be considered, please fill out the required information that follows the general internship application. Acceptance to the internship program is not a guarantee of funding. All internship applications will be evaluated independently from certification of financial need.

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