Senator Bond offers internships for the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters. To
apply for an internship an applicant must submit a cover letter, resume and list of references. An applicant should
have completed her/his sophomore year of college. Applications should be mailed to:
U.S. Senator Kit Bond
Attn: Intern Coordinator
Senate Russell Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Deadlines for application:
Fall - June 30
Winter - October 30
Summer - February 28
The starting and ending date of internships usually coincide with the intern's college semesters. The following
is a general guideline of the typical starting and ending dates:
Fall - Tuesday after Labor Day through the end of the first week in December
Winter - First Monday after the first of the year through the end of the first week in May
Summer - Tuesday after Memorial Day through the end of the first week in August
There are two types of internships in Senator Bond's office - Legislative Intern and Press Intern. The following
are some duties that an intern will encounter as either a legislative or a press intern.
- Drafting letters - Generally one of two different types of responses is given to letter writers: the standard
form letter and the special tailor-made or priority letters. The standard letters are often sent in response to
constituents who wrote along with thousands of other Missourians on a particular bill or issue. Thus, the standard
form letter states how the Senator stands or feels on the subject or explains the bill or issue. A special or
priority letter response is sent to those who are writing on a previously unaddressed issue or all casework responses.
- Attend Hearings/Special Meetings - Interns are often sent to "sit in" on a few hearings or press conferences
during the legislative session. These can range from foreign affairs to Senator X's resignation.
- Distribute "Dear Colleague" letters/Deliver messages - An intern is usually the bearer of hand-delivered
messages. A "Dear Colleague" is a letter from one Senator directed to his peers with the purpose of obtaining
their support in a particular endeavor.
- Order Official Documents - As requested by any Bond staffer. These "documents" could include material from
the Library of Congress, any federal agency, or a hard copy of a piece of legislation.
- Facts and Figures Research - Any request from a staffer or constituent involving "how, what, when, where, why or
who." Interns are often expected to try to find the answers to these requests using various Congressional information
- Special Legislative Projects - This could be anything from helping a Legislative Assistant obtain sponsors for a
commemorative to looking up and recording every vote the Senator made concerning any given issue.
- Press Releases - Assist Communications staff in issuing releases and reports on the Senator's activities and
stances on certain issues.
- News Clippings - Compiles daily news clippings from state and nationwide periodicals involving Missouri happenings
and the Senator's activities. Copies and distributes for staff use.
- Radio Show - Press interns assist the Communications staff in preparing the Senator's radio program.
- Requests from the Communications Director - Press interns handle any requests or errands needed by the Press
Senator Bond also offers internship opportunities in each of his district offices. Interested students should contact
the local office concerning application procedures and deadlines.
District Office Intern:
- Constituent Services - Involves assisting caseworkers with drafting correspondence and aid constituents in communicating with federal agencies.
- Listening Posts - Travel with staffer to Listening Posts in surrounding counties.
- News clippings - Compile daily news clippings from state and nationwide periodicals involving Missouri happenings and the Senator's activities. Copies and distributes for staff use.
- Information Requests - Any request from a staffer or constituent involving "how, what, when, where, why or who." Interns are often expected to try to find the answers to these requests
using various Congressional information resources.
- Media Books - Update the media books with current contacts.
- County Files - Maintain current county files.
- Briefing Packets - Compose issue/country briefing packets for the Senator.
- Audio - Receive and send audio actualities from the Senator to the local media.
- Senatorial Visits - Assist in organizing and staffing the Senator's area visits.
Jefferson City - 573-634-2488
Kansas City - 816-471-7141
St. Louis - 314-725-4484
Cape Girardeau - 573-334-7044
Springfield - 417-864-8258
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