Internships and Employment
You can check out Lewis & Clark College’s resources at the Career Center for information on internships and career opportunities.
Below are examples of internships that our students have completed along with what they had to say about their experiences:
Emily Tash, Class of 2021 — Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Portland, OR
“It was a great learning opportunity, the staff were so nice and willing to help, and it was really fun to be part of a campaign during an election year. You learn a lot and they will help you grow. You can also almost always do more because they always want/need more help.”
Avia Kaner-Roth, Class of 2022 — Governer’s Office of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
“It gave me a lot of experience in a political office, and a good source of networking within an area I want to go into in the future.”
Nick Gothard, Class of 2021 — Gooditis for Delegate, Northern VA
“This internship offered me a lot of opportunities to experience the energy of a high stakes local campaign. I got the chance to be involved directly with senior staff and do more than just knock doors. The only reason my recommendation [7/10] isn’t higher is because there were significantly higher expectations than reasonable for an unpaid internship.”
Jake Sherer, Class of 2020 — Bain & Co., Minneapolis, MN
“I worked with incredibly teams who taught me a ton about business and how to work with clients, which at the end led to me getting an offer to join full time.”
Hannah Posey-Scholl, Class of 2020 — Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Washington D.C.
“It does involve routine intern work, like running a paper from office to office to be signed, and it’s not always the most intellectually stimulating experience, but if you are interested in experiencing a legislative office, this can be a fantastic experience. I especially recommend the office of Senator Wyden to anyone interested in internet policy or cybersecurity.”
Jack H. Penrod — Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), Washington D.C.
“I had a wonderful learning experience as an intern in Washington. I never felt that the staff assistant or staffers assigned me with busy work which I really appreciated. Each of the various tasks that I completed, from speaking with constituents on the phone to researching legislative issues for the staffers, provided me with valuable insight about the inner workings of the House of Representatives. Although I did not particularly enjoy drafting letters, I greatly enjoyed the rest of the experience to the point I would like to pursue further work in Congress.”