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Senator Merkley Internship Programs in USA, 2019

The Senator Merkley’s office offers internships for the college students and others looking to gain experience in Washington, D.C. The office is happy to work with colleges or institutions to allow students to earn academic credit during their internships.

They are offering 10 to 14 week internships in six Oregon offices throughout the state, with Otto and Verdell Rutherford Scholarships and We the People Scholarships available to those who are seeking financial support for the opportunity.

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Scholarships are available for full-time or part-time internships in D.C., or a part-time internship in Portland. The ideal candidate is inquisitive, adaptable, rooted in community service, and possesses a keen interest in advancing progressive issues.

Type of Internship: Full- and part-time
Course Level: Internship
Internship Provider:
Senator Merkley’s office
Internship can be taken in
the U.S.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Individuals from all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates should demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills, keen attention to detail, ability to multi-task and maintain a positive demeanor while working in a fast-paced work environment.

Internship Open for International Students: No

Is this paid internship? This is a paid internship programme.

Program benefits include:

  • Full-time D.C. scholarship interns receive approximately $6,000 pre-tax for a full-time (40 hours/week) commitment lasting a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • Part-time D.C. scholarship interns receive roughly $3,750 pre-tax for a part-time (minimum 25 hours/week) internship lasting a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • There may be a travel subsidy for those relocating to Washington, D.C. Portland scholarship recipients receive around $2,250 pre-tax for a part-time (15 hours/week) commitment lasting a minimum of 10 weeks.

Internship Description:

Senator Merkley offers a limited number of Otto and Verdell Rutherford Scholarships and We the People Scholarships to enable current and recent students to gain experience in his Washington, D.C., and Portland offices through a congressional internship. These scholarships are available for those who could not otherwise afford the educational opportunity to intern in Washington, D.C., or Portland.

Number of awards offered: Numbers not given

Internship Duration:

  • Scholarships are available for full-time or part-time internships in D.C., or a part-time internship in Portland.
  • Scholarship positions last between 10 and 14 weeks during the fall, winter/spring, and summer terms.

Notification: Not given

How to Apply:

To apply, you will need to submit one of the following internship applications online: State Internship Application and D.C. Internship Application

  • To apply, candidates should complete the internship application for Senator Merkley’s office on his website; indicate interest in applying for one or both of the scholarships (The Otto and Verdell Rutherford Congressional Intern Scholarship and The ‘We the People’ Congressional Intern Scholarship).
  • Submit the additional essay questions as applicable, which are listed below. If selected for this paid internship, a successful applicant must meet one of the citizenship and/or residency requirements set forth in Pub. L. 115-141 § 704 (2018).

Essay Questions:

Additional essay questions to be considered for a scholarship.

  • Essay #1 (In 600 words or fewer): What life experiences have shaped who you are today, and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education and goals? Explain why you seek a paid internship in Senator Merkley’s office, and how it would better help you meet your education and professional goals.
    In Oregon, internships are available year-round to those interested in interning for a minimum of 15 hours a week on a mutually agreeable schedule. Full-time internships are not offered in the state offices.
  • Otto and Verdell Rutherford Scholarship Essay #2 (500 words or less): Advancing social and economic justice is a priority for Senator Merkley. How have your community service experiences or your life experiences informed your understanding of social or economic justice?
  • We the People Scholarship Essay #2 (500 words or less): Identify one social, economic or political issue that you are passionate about and, in your words, describe why it is important. From your perspective, what ways do you think this issue could be further addressed? What should be done?

Internship Application Deadline: Internship application deadlines are the following:

  • Fall term: August 15
  • Winter/Spring term: January 15
  • Summer term: March 30

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