July 23, 2018
Caroline Weber, an Honors student majoring in strategic communication, spent six weeks of her summer in Washington, DC as an intern in the office of Congressman Pete Sessions, who represents the 32nd district of Texas and also serves as the Chairman of the Rules Committee.
Weber, who lived in DC until she was 11 and whose parents both worked on Capitol Hill, is interested in the communications aspect of politics. Her favorite part of the internship experience was working with the communications director on a weekly newsletter, social media, and special events. Her other duties as an intern included office management, greeting visitors at the front desk, handling constituent inquiries on various issues, assisting legislative staff with policy research, and guiding constituents on Capitol tours.
“It was fascinating to learn about how the U.S. government works from the inside,” Weber said. “It’s one thing to study your field or interests in the classroom, but actually working in an office and learning about things that I didn’t even know I had a passion for was awesome. I’m now thinking about working on Capitol Hill after TCU, and would never have seriously considered it without my experience there.”
She hopes that other students will consider an internship in DC. “I would recommend anybody who has the slightest interest in Capitol Hill apply for a Congressional internship! It is such a fun environment to learn not only about politics, but also how to work in a fast-paced office.”
Her advice for students aspiring to intern on the Hill? Apply early! “These internships are very competitive, so having your application in as one of the first can only help.” She suggests that students start on a Senator’s or Representative’s website and look for either an “internship” or “college students” page.