Three interns from the Spring 2019 season.

To maintain the safety and health of everyone due to COVID-19, the internship program is suspended until further notice. Please check back at a later date.


Internships provide an opportunity for current college students and recent graduates to gain hands-on experience in a Congressional Office and learn more about the legislative process. Interns can expect to learn about the legislative process and the functions of a congressional office. The hours can accomodate the students' course schedule, but generally run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session.

We offer full and part-time, semester-long internships in our Washington D.C., Wilson, and Durham offices. Although internships are unpaid, interns will gain valuable hands-on experience and can receive academic credit.

For information on the NCCU School of Law Congressional Summer Internship Program, click here.


Intern duties will vary, but include: answering phones, researching legislation for the Member and staff, attending hearings and briefings, responding to constituent letters, sorting mail, drafting press releases, and assisting staff as needed.


Applicants should have skills in:

  • Writing
  • Communications
  • Organization

Applicant must:

  • Be detail-orientated
  • Have the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline
  • Have a positive attitude and a willingness to work on a variety of tasks

Interns are not required to be from the First District, but connection to the district is a plus.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for: Fall 2020 Session (August 2020 - December 2020)

*Session dates are flexible/subject to change to accommodate office scheduling needs.

1. Complete the application form below.

2. Attach the following in a single document (MS Word or PDF)

  • Resume (no more than 2 pages)
  • Cover Letter (no more than 1 page) telling us why you want to intern in Congressman Butterfield's office.
  • References (3 minimum professional or academic)

3. Submit

For questions or concerns please contact the Intern Coordinator in my DC office at (202) 225-3101 or

Internship Form