Internships

Interns are a valuable part of the office and have the unique opportunity to see the legislative process in action. Internships are open to college students and recent graduates. Please note that we often receive more applications than we can accommodate and that applicants with strong ties to Orange County are given preference.

D.C. Internships

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) seeks highly motivated interns for her DC office winter/spring program. The ideal candidate is highly organized, able to multitask, and has strong written and verbal communication skills.  

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Answer incoming phone calls to log opinions, connect staffers to outside stakeholders, and direct callers to appropriate resources
  • Enter and organize incoming constituent messages from mail and voicemail into the IQ database
  • Draft form letters responding to constituent concerns
  • Respond to constituent messages through phone calls or emails as needed
  • Assist legislative team with researching data and information
  • Compile draft meeting memos for the legislative staff
  • Track and input legislative meetings with partners, stakeholders, and constituents, in IQ
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the DC Staff Assistant

The office is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Ties to Orange County/Southern California are a plus.

Preference will be given to interns who can work full-time and be in the office from 9 AM to 6 PM, but part-time candidates will also be considered. All interns receive a monthly stipend. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and two references to Internship.Porter@mail.house.gov with “Winter/Spring 2023 DC Internship” in the subject line. The deadline for submission is December 4th at 11:59 PM ET.

District Internships

U.S. Congresswoman Katie Porter’s District Office is seeking highly motivated undergraduates, graduate students, and post-grads for her DO internship program in Irvine, California.

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Answer incoming phone calls to log opinions, connect staffers to outside stakeholders, and direct callers to appropriate resources;
  • Enter and organize incoming constituent messages from mail and voicemail into the IQ database;
  • Draft form letters responding to constituent concerns;
  • Respond to constituent messages through phone calls or emails as needed;
  • Assist casework team with helping constituents with federal agencies;
  • Track and input meetings with partners, stakeholders, and constituents in IQ; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the DO Staff Assistant/Internship Coordinator.

The office is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Preference will be given to interns who can work full-time in the office from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, but part-time candidates will also be considered. A monthly stipend is also available.

To apply for a district-based internship with Congresswoman Porter, please email a cover letter, resume, and two references to Internship.Porter@mail.house.gov with subject line "Desired Session – DO Internship" (e.g., Summer 2021 DO Internship).

Applications for District Internships will be accepted until:

  • December 4, 2022 for the Spring session (January through April)
  • March 26, 2023 for the Summer session (May through August)
  • July 23, 2023 for the Fall session (September through December)

Press Internships (Based in Orange County, CA)

The Office of Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA-47) is seeking a current student to serve as a press intern to assist with communications, social media, and graphic design, either remotely or in-person at our district office in Irvine, California. 

Candidates should possess strong written and verbal communication skills and have an interest in politics and government. Daily tasks include but are not limited to producing assets for the Congresswoman’s social media accounts, such as graphics and short videos; tracking and compiling mentions of the Congresswoman in the news; transcribing press interviews; creating and managing press lists; and assisting with media inquiries and research. Knowledge of programs like Adobe Creative Suite and Canva are a plus, but not required.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (1-2 pages) as one attachment to katieporter.press@mail.house.gov with the subject “[full name] Summer 2022 press internship application”. We recommend that applicants also submit one to two examples of previous digital media or graphic design products, but this is not required. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, but we will prioritize candidates that apply on or before August 15, 2022.

Our office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, disability military status, age, marital status, or parental status.

The press intern will receive a monthly stipend.