Thank you for your interest in interning for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.

Senator Cantwell offers internships in her Washington, D.C. and state offices to motivated individuals who are seeking experiential education in the American political process. The Cantwell Internship Program is a hands-on learning experience that allows interns to work side-by-side with her Senate professional staff as they work on behalf of the Evergreen State. For additional information about the type of internships available, please click here.

Interns with Senator CantwellWashington, D.C. interns work in the areas of legislation, press or scheduling and help ensure the smooth operation of her Capitol Hill office. In our state offices, interns work alongside outreach staff and have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the constituent advocacy process.

Successful candidates will be rising sophomores or later in college (or recent graduates) who demonstrate leadership, thoughtfulness, creativity, a strong attention to detail, and a sense of public service.  Preference will be given to students who are from Washington state or are enrolled in a Washington state college or university. The Cantwell Internship Program is unpaid, and students are expected to arrange for their own housing, food and transportation. We are happy to work with your school so you can receive academic credit for your time in our office.

To apply, please e-mail the following documents to

  • Completed internship application form
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in interning in Senator Cantwell's office
  • Resume
  • 1-page writing sample (NOT to exceed 1 page)

NOTE: In the e-mail subject line, please indicate both your name and the location at which you would like to intern.


Rolling application process – we're always accepting applications. Internships typically last 10-12 weeks.

Cantwell Internship Durations:

Fall Session: September – December
Winter/Spring Session: January – May/June
Summer Session: June – August