How to Get Top Washington Internships
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Have you always dreamed of one day working in the White House? Do you have a passion for public policy, government or civic administration? Hey, maybe you’d even like to land a spot working with key members of President Obama’s administration.

If any of the above applies, you’ve probably got your eye on an job opportunities at the center of American politics, Washington, D.C. But how do you land those coveted and competitive gigs? Washington D.C. career coach Beverly Jones has a few insider tips for those who want to position themselves for a career on and around the Hill:

Talk to your congressional delegation.
There’s no central clearinghouse for internships on Capitol Hill. Decisions are made by each senator and representative, and most acknowledge a preference for residents from their own state or district. So get in touch with the members of Congress who represent you. You’ll find their phone numbers on Contacting the Congress.

Cast a wide net.
Slots are limited and competition is intense for congressional internships and most of the formal programs. But many folks look elsewhere. Non-governmental offices–like think tanks, associations and trade groups–open their doors to interns throughout the year. Often arrangements are informal, and sometimes internships are created just because a promising candidate makes a good case.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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