Internships

Working in a U.S. Senate office can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. An internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and observe first-hand how our government operates. Interns gain practical work experience by undertaking a variety of administrative and legislative responsibilities in the office. Internships are available expressly for the purpose of furthering educational opportunities; therefore they are unpaid and awarded to college-level students.

State Offices

We are currently accepting applications for our Summer 2020 Michigan internship program. This is an opportunity to work directly with Michiganders across the state to address their legislative concerns. A location of our state offices can be found here: https://www.peters.senate.gov/contact/office-locations

Interns in the state offices are primarily be responsible for: greeting constituents, answering phones, drafting constituent correspondence, data entry, and interacting with our outreach team. Our Detroit office is the main casework hub for the State of Michigan. Interns in the Detroit office are additionally responsible for helping with case intake.

Interested applicants must email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, references, and time availability to Peters_Intern@peters.senate.gov as one PDF. In addition, please include a response to the following questions. Reponses for each question should be no more than 150 words.

  • What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education and goals? 
  • Please explain why you seek an internship position in Senator Peters’ office and how you would benefit from receiving it.
  • What do you think is the most important issue facing the state of Michigan? How would you address it?

Please write MI Intern follow by the name of the state office you are applying to. If an applicant is interested in applying to multiple offices, put both cities in subject line. For example, if you want to apply to both Detroit and Rochester, put MI Intern – Detroit, Rochester in the subject line.

All application materials are due by April 1, 2020.

Washington, D.C. Office

We are currently accepting applications for our Summer 2020 internship program in the Washington D.C. office. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, references, short writing sample and time availability to Peters_Intern@peters.senate.gov as one PDF. Please write DC Intern in the subject line. 

Please include a response to the three questions below. Responses for each question should be no more than 150 words.

  • What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education and goals? 
  • Please explain why you seek a paid internship position in Senator Peters’ office and how you would benefit from receiving it.
  • What do you think is the most important issue facing the state of Michigan? How would you address it?

Interns in the Washington, D.C. office will attend briefings and hearings, draft constituent correspondence and conduct tours of the U.S. Capitol building. Interns will also perform data entry and general office duties.

Deadline for Summer 2020 applications is March 2, 2020. Summer internships will be paid.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs- Summer Interns

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Office of Ranking Member Senator Gary Peters, is accepting applications for its Summer 2020 Intern program. Applicants must be motivated, hardworking, and have strong written and oral communication skills. This position is paid with an expected time commitment of 40 hours a week.

Committee interns will support the professional staff with research, drafting memoranda and hearing preparation. Interns will also assist in various administrative tasks including answering phone calls and scheduling meetings. The Committee is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The Committee strongly encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Please submit your application along with a resume, writing sample, and transcript to this link.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs- Summer Law Clerks

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Office of Ranking Member Senator Gary Peters, is accepting applications for its Summer 2020 Law Clerk program. The law clerk program will offer students the opportunity to gain substantive legal experience while participating in the oversight, investigations, and legislative processes. Law Clerks will assist Committee staff in conducting policy and legal research, reviewing documents, preparing for hearings and markups, and drafting letters, memoranda, and other written products. Applicants must be current law students with a demonstrated interest in public service and the legislative process. Qualified candidates will possess strong writing skills, be able to excel in a fast-paced environment, and have a basic understanding of the legislative process. Law Clerks will work under the direction of Committee staff.

Law Clerks will:

  • Participate in Congressional oversight and investigations
  • Conduct research on topics within the Committee’s jurisdiction
  • Provide technical and legal analysis of pending legislation
  • Assist with hearing preparation, including drafting witness letters, witness lists, materials for briefing books for the Member, and pre- and post-hearing questions

The Committee is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The Committee strongly encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Please submit your application along with a resume, writing sample, and transcript to this link.