Senator Merkley’s office offers unpaid internships in Washington, D.C. and in six Oregon offices throughout the state for college students, recent college graduates, and others looking to gain experience. Individuals from all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The office is happy to work with colleges or institutions to allow students to earn academic credit during their internships. Full and part-time internships are available.
Internships in Washington, D.C.:
D.C. interns are paired with legislative or press staff based on their interests and experience. Specifically, interns conduct policy research, draft correspondence, and perform administrative and office support in day-to-day operations. D.C. interns have a unique opportunity to shadow Senator Merkley for one day.
D.C. Application Deadlines:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply early.
Spring: November 20
Summer: April 15
Fall: August 7
Internships in State Offices:
Internships are available in Senator Merkley’s Oregon offices. Interns have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and assist constituent services as well as provide administrative support for day-to-day operations. Work assignments are matched with an intern’s interests and experience. The main State Office is located in Portland, and regional offices are located in Salem, Eugene, Medford, Bend and Pendleton. Most state internships are part-time to allow students to intern while also attending school or working elsewhere.
State Office Application Deadlines:
Since we work both with the academic quarter and semester system, there is no specified deadline. Applicants are encouraged to apply approximately two months prior to the time they would like to begin an internship. For summer internships, applications are due April 15.
To learn more about internships with Senator Merkley, visit our FAQs page.
How to Apply:
Please follow the link below to apply for an internship.
You may reach the D.C. Intern Coordinator at (202) 224-3753 and the State Intern Coordinator at (503) 326-3386 if you have any additional questions.