Responsibilities and Expectations

Know Your Responsibilities and Expectations as an Intern 

Internship Responsibilities

Interns carry a variety of responsibilities, including researching, writing, attending, and reporting on congressional hearings. Furthermore, students may be responsible for general office organization and upkeep, database management, meeting attendance, and note-taking, and much more. The most successful interns are competent at working individually or in group settings, and are committed to learning as much as possible from the experience.


Students working for academic credit typically work three to four days a week (24-32 hours) during the school year, and 4 to 5 days a week (32-40 hours) during the Summer session. Students interning during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters are expected to complete academic and research obligations in the form of the required 4 credit research seminar. Summer students are not obligated to take courses or receive academic credit for their internships.

Most internships are unpaid. Any stipend or other financial agreements are the responsibility of the student to negotiate with the internship supervisor.