Stennis Program for Congressional Interns

About the Program

The Stennis Program for Congressional Interns is a competitive, bipartisan, bicameral program designed to provide congressional interns with a unique opportunity to understand better the role of Congress as an institution and its role in our democracy.

Participants connect with current and former senior congressional staff through a series of discussion sessions designed to provide an in-depth look at Congress and its operations with other Washington, D.C., institutions. The program also provides participants an opportunity to build relationships with other interns from throughout the country. A certificate of recognition is presented at the end of the program.

The program runs from October-November 2021 and consists of weekly interactive discussion sessions of an hour and a half each.

Learn more about our fall 2021 cohort here.

First Session 117th Congress Stennis Congressional Interns attend coffee meetup in Washington, D.C.

Session Topics

Participants in the Stennis Program for Congressional Interns will attend six weekly discussion sessions that explore various aspects of Congress. The program’s goal is to provide interns with a greater sense of the challenges and rewards of congressional public service.

Getting the Most out of Your Internship

Balancing Politics and Policy

Separation of Powers: How it Affects Congress

Media, Lobbyists, and Congress

Careers on Capitol Hill

Small Groups with Senior Stennis Fellows

Program Eligibility Requirements

Applicants MUST be an intern in a member or committee office for the duration of the program; however, they may be nominated before they arrive in Washington, D.C., for their internship. They also must have completed at least two years of college, have a good academic record, and be interested in a possible career in public service.
Approximately 30 interns will be selected to participate in the program.
Interns may apply directly for the 2021 cycle.

Program Commitment

Program participants will be required to attend sessions every Friday for six weeks. The sessions are 90 minutes, from 3:30-5:oo p.m.
Program participants will be required to write a 1,000-word article for submission to Public Service Review.
Program participants will have two coffee meetups that are optional but are for the benefit of the program participants.
Program Project: 1: Each intern will write one memo; 2: Each group will collectively write one "dear colleague," and; 3. The last session is the "Pitch" to Senior Stennis Fellows.

One Research Boulevard, Ste. 104, Starkville, MS 39759

(662) 325-8409

201 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Ste. C-7, Washington, D.C. 20002 

(202) 546-1837

One Research Boulevard, Ste. 104, Starkville, MS 39759

(662) 325-8409

201 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Ste. C-7, Washington, D.C. 20002 

(202) 546-1837