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Speaker McCarthy now accepting summer internship applications

Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s Office–

Speaker of the House and Congressman of California’s 20th Congressional District, Kevin McCarthy, announced on February 21 that his office is accepting internship applications for his annual summer Congressional Internship program. 

McCarthy released the following statement.

“As a former Congressional intern myself, I remember the enormous impact this program had in encouraging me to pursue a career in public service. As a Member of Congress now, it is a privilege to offer this opportunity to individuals dedicated to improving the lives of their neighbors and communities.

“College-aged students selected for this program will have the opportunity to serve the residents of California’s 20th Congressional District and will receive a firsthand look at the legislative process and day-to-day life in a Congressional office. I look forward to welcoming what is sure to be an impressive group!”

About the Summer Internship Program: 

The internship program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the core functions of a Congressional office, including listening and responding to constituent inquiries, researching legislation, developing public policy, and directly observing the legislative process by working in McCarthy’s Washington and Bakersfield offices and attending committee meetings, hearings, and a variety of lecture series.

Summer Internship applicants should be enrolled in college, at least in their first year of post-secondary studies, with a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average and possess good writing and computer skills. While all applications will be considered, preference will be given to California’s 20th Congressional District residents (including portions of Kern, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings counties). Summer interns are responsible for their expenses, including airfare, transportation to and from work, and lodging. They may be eligible to receive a stipend of up to $2,500, before taxes if they are residents of the district and work in both the Bakersfield and Washington offices. The Summer Internship Program spans eight weeks: students living in the congressional district spend two weeks in the Bakersfield office and six weeks in the Washington, D.C. offices. For students who live outside of the congressional district, the program is slated to span no more than six weeks in the Washington, D.C. offices.

Interested applicants can visit or call the Bakersfield office at (661) 327-3611 or the Washington, D.C. office (202) 225-2915.  

Applications and supporting documents should be emailed to: .

Applications must be received by Friday, March 17, 2023, and applicants are advised to submit their applications by email as early as possible.