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When does the application open?
The application opens on October 1, with a priority deadline of October 31, and a general deadline of November 30.
Who is eligible to apply?
Be a current junior or senior in college (at the time of applying).
Commit to living in Washington, DC for 9 weeks from May 27, 2020 - August 1, 2020.
Be a Pell Grant recipient, have DACA status, or receive financial aid as a student with disabilities.
What does a C2C intern do?
C2C interns work in a congressional office five days a week during normal office hours. This could be in the House of Representatives or the Senate. Typical duties include answering constituent calls, writing letters to constituent questions, attending hearing or briefings, giving tours of the Capitol building, and other tasks needed in a congressional office. In addition to the expectations of the office, C2C requires interns to participate in a weekly leadership training, attend various events, submit frequent journal entries, and complete other reports. With that in mind, the hustle and bustle of the Hill is unlike anywhere else in the world and it’s not unlikely that you’ll bump into a well-known member of Congress on your way into work!
What kind of expenses does C2C cover?
The C2C program covers the travel to and from DC, housing, meals, professional clothing, transportation within the city, and everything in between (ie. dry cleaning, toiletries, etc)
What is the time commitment? I might have other commitments during THE program. Should I still apply?
All C2C program participants must be able to commit to the entire 9-week program in Washington, DC. No exceptions. You are expected to work 40 hours a week, 5 days a week at your congressional office, and attend C2C programming during lunch and/or after work hours. We ask that participants reserve May 27, 2020 - August 1, 2020, to solely be immersed in our program.
What Member of Congress will I work with?
With a diverse list of Congressional Champions comprised of members from every policy position, we can place you in an office that you will find meaning in. We are also passionate about having students work for their hometown member of Congress. By having a connection to the district or state where you are from you will be able to give back to your community. If selected for C2C, each intern still must interview with congressional offices for placement.
I already secured a post-grad job but would like the experience, should I still apply?
Participation in this program is intended to open opportunities for students who seek to have a career in public service, but do not currently have the experience, support or financial means to do so. It is our goal to help you secure a career in public service (hopefully in DC!) by the end of the summer.
Does C2C have a preference between personal, professional, and academic letters of recommendation?
We want to hear from people who’ve seen your passion for public service! Typically, we would prefer you to provide letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources who can attest to your desire to work in Congress and any experience you might have in this field.
When will I hear back from C2C about the final decision?
Applicants will be notified by the first week of February 2020.