Internship: Congressional Affairs

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Congressional Affairs team accepts applications on a rolling basis for Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer internships. In the past, our interns have worked on events in DC and on Capitol Hill, outreach to Congressional staff, and large-scale projects highlighting the NEH’s programs. Interns are responsible for managing invitation lists, drafting briefing memos, assisting with correspondence to Congressional offices, communicating with stakeholders, and assisting with day-to-day office tasks.

We are looking for interns with strong writing and communication skills in addition to a passion for the humanities. Interns must be able to complete tasks in a timely manner, be professional, and pay close attention to detail. Our internships are unpaid, but we provide full reimbursement for work-related travel. We are looking for a commitment of at least 4 to 5 full days per week during the summer program, and 2 to 3 full days per week for Fall or Spring. Please send a resume, short writing sample (1-5 pages), and cover letter to Ellen Jones at We strongly encourage that candidates submit one of the following types of writing samples: blog post, news article, press release, newsletter, review, short narrative writing piece, expository writing, detailed letter, memorandum or a short essay on a humanities topic.


The Office of Congressional Affairs is no longer accepting applications for summer internships. Please consider applying to work with us in the Fall or Spring.


Please allow at least four to six weeks prior to the date you wish to intern to allow proper consideration of your application.

If you have any questions, please call the NEH Office of Human Resources Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at 202 606-8415. We look forward to hearing from you.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a year-round internship program