Naperville, Illinois Student Interns In Durbin's Washington, DC Senate Office

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Naperville native Nadia Gonzalez spent two months this summer interning for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), working behind the scenes in the Senator’s Capitol Hill office. Each year, close to 50 interns work in Durbin’s Washington, D.C., office. Interns process constituent requests, help with legislative duties, and lead Capitol tours for Illinois residents visiting Washington. During that time, they gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process, learn about the inner-workings of the federal government, and develop valuable research skills.

“Forty-five years ago, I started my career on Capitol Hill as a college intern for Senator Paul Douglas (D-IL),” Senator Durbin said. “I will never forget that day in February of 1966 when he agreed to hire me as an intern to work in his office. It was one of the most exciting things I had ever done; a student from East St. Louis, Illinois was going to work in the office of a U.S. Senator. I know what a valuable experience it can be and we strive to make sure all of our students get a glimpse into the workings of the United States Senate.” 


Gonzalez is a rising sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is majoring in Political Science with a double minor in Spanish and Communication. Although she has lived in many different locations, she has kept her roots in the Chicagoland, where she currently resides.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be interning with Senator Durbin’s D.C. office,” Gonzalez said. “I have a great interest in the judicial process and by interning with Senator Durbin’s office, I hope to gain a better understanding of the policy-making process as well as the politics behind decisions that are made in Washington.”

The internship program is designed to provide interns with experience in the core functions of a Senate office and allow them to gain a better understanding of the federal legislative process. Their responsibilities include assisting full-time staff in responding to various constituent requests, assisting with information inquiries, attending committee and agency hearings and briefings, researching legislative issues and policy questions, observing floor proceedings, and attending meetings related to specific legislation.