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CRS offers a limited number of paid and unpaid internship opportunities annually. Although most interns are graduate or law students, exceptional undergraduate students are also welcome to apply. Interns assist professional staff in performing research in response to public policy-related issues and questions. Through this work, interns have an opportunity to participate in the legislative process and to develop valuable research skills in a public policy setting. CRS aligns intern placement with the intern's academic interests or professional goals. CRS internships give students and professionals an opportunity to observe and learn about the legislative process at the national level.

Internship Programs

Student Diversity Internship Program

CRS partners with a network of historically black colleges and universities along with five other organizations to offer paid internship opportunities to outstanding undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students each year. More about the Student Diversity Internship Program.

Law Clerk Program

The American Law Division accepts interns for the fall and spring academic terms and for the summer. Internships are available to students who are in, or have completed two years of law school. Working directly with attorneys in the division, interns research and explain legal issues of current interest to Congress, attend briefings and assist in writing analytical reports and memoranda.

Strong writing and analytical skills are critical. Though interns are unpaid, CRS routinely works with law schools to arrange for public service stipends or academic credit, where available.

Initial offers for spring and summer internships are made by late fall, those for fall by late spring. For volunteer internships in the American Law Division send inquiries, cover letters, resumes and writing samples to Larry M. Eig at leig@crs.loc.gov.

Volunteer Internship Program

CRS volunteer internships are highly competitive and offered on an as needed basis as determined by the divisions and offices within CRS. CRS accepts applications on an ongoing basis; there are no application deadlines. Internships can last from three months to one year. Hours are determined by the needs of CRS and the applicant.

For volunteer internships send inquiries, cover letters and resumes to Rosafelina Anzures at ranzures@crs.loc.gov. Please note: For volunteer internships specifically in the American Law Division see above description for the law clerk program.

For more information

Webcast: The CRS Intern Experience

Last Updated: 04/02/2012