Internships

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, my staff is working from home and our offices are not currently not accepting internship applications. This page will be updated as soon as internship applications resume.

Washington, D.C.

In my Washington, D.C. office, internships run throughout the fall, spring, or summer semesters for college students.  The internships generally run from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Interns' responsibilities include answering phones, running errands, researching legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attending hearings and briefings, and answering constituent letters on a variety of issues.  As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.  Residents of Illinois's First Congressional District are preferred. 

Chicago, IL

In my Chicago office, internships run throughout the year with flexible starting and ending dates depending on the academic calendar, although interns must commit at least 15 hours per week over three weekdays. Interns' primary responsibilities include conducting research in support of Congressman Rush’s initiatives; assisting staff with projects and administrative tasks; managing the upkeep of the constituent database and handling constituent phone calls. Interns will also attend government and community meetings with staff; and participate in staff planning meetings.

Internships are designed for undergraduate students with an interest in public service and/or government. Students must be residents of the First Congressional District.  To confirm your residence requirement, you can use this link: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

Qualifications: Strong academic background and interest in pursuing a career in public service or government. Successful interns will be hardworking and self-motivated, with exceptional written and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is required.

If you would like more information on Congressional Internships please contact my office.

Congressional Internship Application