Internships

Senator Durbin offers an internship program for undergraduate students of all majors, and graduate and law students who are interested in experiencing the day-to-day operations of a Senator's office.

Internships are available year-round. Intern schedules are based on each student's days and hours of availability. While interns receive no stipend, academic credit--based solely on each institution's criteria--may be earned.

Applications received early will be given preference and those received after the deadline will be considered as space allows. Students are strongly urged to send their materials as soon as possible, as positions fill quickly.

Session NameSession Dates
Fall 2018 Sept. 4 - Dec. 21, 2018
Spring 2019 Jan. 7 - May 10, 2019
Summer I 2019 May 13 - Jul. 5, 2019
Summer II 2019 Jul. 8 - Aug. 30, 2019

 Washington, D.C. Internships

Staff members in the Washington, D.C. office assist the Senator directly with his legislative responsibilities by performing research, tracking and developing legislative initiatives, and contacting constituents and their representatives. Based on the individual’s availability and skills, interns will work with legislative staff, press secretaries, and administrative staff.

All undergraduate interns are required to perform reception, general office support duties, and tours of the Capitol. In addition, interns are given much substantive work as they perform legislative research, assist staff in writing memos, attend briefings and hearings, and provide additional support in both the Senator’s leadership and policy offices. Undergraduate press interns also assist the press secretaries to conduct legislative and media research, draft press releases, conduct outreach to the Senate Recording Studio, and help with upkeep of the Senator’s website.

Graduate interns and Legal interns provide assistance to Senator Durbin’s Appropriations and Judiciary Committee staff members, respectively. This includes helping with hearing preparation, conducting legislative research, and providing administrative assistance to the Committee staff.

Session NameSession DatesApplication Deadlines
Fall 2018 Sept. 4 - Dec. 21, 2018

Law/Graduate Students: May 31 2018

Undergraduate Students: Jun. 7, 2018

Spring 2019 Jan. 8 - May 11, 2019

Law/Graduate Students: Oct. 19, 2018

Undergraduate Students: Oct. 19, 2018

Summer I 2019 May 9 - Jul. 6, 2019

Law/Graduate Students: Jan. 24, 2019

Undergraduate Students: Feb. 7, 2019

Summer II 2019 Jul. 2 - Aug. 31, 2019

Law/Graduate Students: Jan. 24, 2019

Undergraduate Students: Feb. 7, 2019

All interested applicants should apply online. You must create an account to access the application.

Undergraduate and graduate students should apply online using the link below.

Legal Interns

Legal interns in our office work with the attorneys on Senator Durbin’s Senate Judiciary Committee team. They are given assignments that involve conducting legal research; drafting memos that analyze case law, statutes, and legislation; attending briefings; and preparing for congressional hearings. These assignments are related to issues that fall under the Senate Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction, including judicial nominations, immigration, civil rights and civil liberties, criminal law and criminal justice reform, constitutional law, antitrust, and intellectual property. While the majority of the work is substantive in nature, legal interns also are assigned some administrative tasks.

Students in law school should apply using the link below. 

 

Detailed instructions can be found on the application. If you have questions please email internships@durbin.senate.gov or call 202.224.2152.

About Ed Greelegs Scholarships

For Ed Greelegs, being a good public servant was always a privilege. He avoided the spotlight, and he was there to help people and to help America meet the challenges of our times. Ed Greelegs started working for Senator Richard J. Durbin in 1990 and served as his chief of staff in the House of Representatives and Senate for a combined 17 years. Ed was a beloved member of the Capitol Hill community, and made our country better with his caring approach and dedication to public service.

Overview

In 2017, Senator Durbin established the Ed Greelegs Scholarship Program. This scholarship, open to students from Illinois or those studying in Illinois, is an opportunity to receive financial assistance while obtaining a first-hand experience in Senator Durbin’s Washington, DC office.

Eligibility Requirements

Each applicant:

  • Must be a resident of Illinois or be enrolled in an accredited college or university in Illinois
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must not be receiving outside financial aid for their internship
  • Must have demonstrated an interest in public service and the legislative process
  • Only available for internships in the Washington, DC office

Application

The application for the Ed Greelegs scholarship is available in the internship application.

 

 Illinois Internships

Sen. Durbin's Illinois offices (located in Chicago, Springfield, Rock Island, and Carbondale) assist constituents in matters dealing with federal services and provide outreach to constituent interest groups on behalf of the Senator. Based on the individual's availability and skills, interns will work with outreach staff, case workers, press secretaries and administrative staff.

All interns are required to perform reception and general office support duties. In addition, interns are given as much substantive work as possible, including opportunities to conduct legislative research, assist with casework matters, and work with the press team.

Session NameSession DatesApplication Deadlines
Fall 2018 Sept. 5 - Dec. 21, 2018

Law/Graduate Students: May 31, 2018

Undergraduate Students: Jun. 7, 2018

Spring 2019 Jan. 8 - May 11, 2019

Law/Graduate Students: Oct. 17, 2018

Undergraduate Students: Oct. 17, 2018

Summer I 2019 May 9 - Jul. 6, 2019

Law/Graduate Students: Jan. 24, 2019

Undergraduate Students: Feb. 7, 2019

Summer II 2019 Jul. 2 - Aug. 31, 2019

Law/Graduate Students: Jan. 24, 2019

Undergraduate Students: Feb. 7, 2019

All interested applicants should submit completed application materials to the Intern Coordinator in the appropriate state office to which they are applying. Mailing address information can be found on page 4 of the application.Applications should be mailed or faxed to the appropriate person listed on page 4 of the application form.

Applications can also be sent via e-mail to internships@durbin.senate.gov.Applications sent by email MUST include in the subject line the office location in which an internship is sought.