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Deadline Approaching for Rep. Murphy’s Summer Congressional Internship Program

Following passage of a new law supported by Murphy, congressional offices now have dedicated resources to offer paid internships in Washington

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Washington, April 11, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., is currently accepting applications for her summer 2019 congressional internship program. Following passage of a new law supported by Murphy, congressional offices now have dedicated resources to offer paid internships in Washington, D.C. to eligible students. High cost of living and lodging in our nation’s capital make taking an unpaid internship unfeasible for many students. Providing paid internships will help level the playing field so that a broader population can participate in this unique educational opportunity.

The highly selective internship program in Murphy’s office is specifically designed to allow students to learn firsthand about the legislative process and gain valuable insight into how our government works. The program helps give students a well-rounded education by providing opportunities that are typically not available inside the classroom. Internships are strictly reserved for currently-enrolled college students and recent graduates. Prospective candidates may apply for internships in Murphy’s Washington D.C., Orlando, or Sanford offices.

“As a former college instructor and someone who’s worked in the private sector, I know how these unique, hands-on experiences can enhance students’ education and better prepare them to enter the workforce,” Murphy said. “Congressional internships afford students the opportunity to learn about the legislative process and casework services, network with policy makers and community leaders, and hone their skills and talents. Our internships provide a well-rounded educational experience, while providing interns with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of central Florida families. I encourage all eligible students from my district to apply.”

There are three summer internship opportunities for candidates to apply for:

  • Paid full-time summer internships in Washington: Due to restrictions in federal law that guide recently-established dedicated funding for congressional internships, we only offer paid internships in our Washington office. Qualified interns may earn $15 per hour and may receive reimbursement for metro transit commuting expenses up to a certain amount. Interns will meet weekly with Congresswoman Murphy and have opportunities to experience the multitude of various learning opportunities and experiences available in the nation’s capital.
  • Paid full-time digital fellowship in Washington: Placed in the Washington office, the paid digital fellow may earn $15 per hour and receive reimbursement for metro transit commuting expenses up to a certain amount.
  • For academic credit only (FACO) internships: available in the Orlando, Sanford, or Washington offices and strictly reserved for eligible currently-enrolled high school or college students who will earn college credit as a result of their internship. FACO internships are unpaid, but FACO interns may receive reimbursement for metro transit commuting expenses up to a certain amount. Full- or part-time opportunities are available depending on availability.

Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, a high school graduate who is currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a college or university, and available to work 28 hours a week for full-time internships and at least 14 hours a week for part-time internships. For internships in Washington, interns will be expected to cover the cost of travel to and from Washington, secure their own lodging while in Washington, and pay for their own meals and expenses.

Interested students must submit a completed application through Murphy’s website along with a brief cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and two letters of recommendation. Application deadline is Friday, April 19, 2019. For more information, visit murphy.house.gov or call 1-888-205-5421.

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