College to Congress founder and CEO Audrey Henson today issued the following statement in support of fiscal 2019 spending package that would ensure pay for interns in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. If the proposed package is approved, the House and Senate would respectively receive $8.8 million and $5 million for intern pay. College to Congress, a nonprofit providing all-expense-paid internships for low-income, high-achieving students with aspirations to work in public service, has provided the funding for 19 summer interns on Capitol Hill over the last two years.

“By paying Capitol Hill interns, we can level the playing field and help build a more reflective government,” said Audrey Henson, founder and chief executive officer of College to Congress. “For far too long, interning in DC meant footing the bill for travel, food, housing, a professional wardrobe and more – putting up extreme barriers for students from low-income backgrounds. That’s why College to Congress has been working to provide all-expense-paid internships so that high-achieving students can spend their summers working on the Hill, regardless of their family’s household income. Paid internships open up doors so that every passionate student can pursue a career in public service.”  

Henson herself is a former Capitol Hill intern who worked two part-time jobs and took out student loans to help front the bill of an unpaid internship in Washington. In 2016, she founded College to Congress, which supports Pell Grant-eligible students with $10,000 stipends to cover the costs of their internships on Capitol Hill. In addition to interning on Capitol Hill, College to Congress students take part in a bipartisan mentoring program that matches students with staffers from across the aisle, as well as a weekly leadership series covering topics including financial management, etiquette training and career planning.


About College to Congress: College to Congress (C2C) is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and leadership training for low-income, high achieving college students seeking internships in Congress. To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate students who qualify to receive Federal Pell Grants. College to Congress helps these college students secure hard-to-get Congressional internships and covers all the costs associated with the summer internship including travel, housing, meals, and even professional wardrobe. The program also matches interns with experienced Capitol Hill staffers from the opposite political party to build bipartisan relationships. To learn more please click here.

Audrey Henson