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Congressman Erik Paulsen’s office is currently accepting applications for unpaid internships in the District office in Eden Prairie, MN and in Washington, D.C.

A Congressional internship offers applicants an exciting opportunity to support staff while learning about the daily operations of the Legislative branch. Interns will assist the staff with constituent services, communications, administrative tasks, and legislative research. Congressman Paulsen’s Internship Program is designed primarily for the educational benefit of the participant. Interns working in the District Office have the opportunity to contribute to the office’s interaction with the surrounding community through constituent services, local events, and community meetings. Interns in the Washington, D.C. Office will gain insight into the federal government and the legislative process by working closely with staff and attending hearings and briefings. Candidates should have a strong work ethic, be highly organized and motivated, and possess a positive attitude.

This internship is unpaid. College credit, if applicable, will be provided. MN ties preferred but not required. Qualified applicants should send their cover letter and resume to David Larson at David.Larson@mail.house.gov.


  • Sophomore, junior or senior with a strong academic record.
  • Evidence of effectiveness working independently and a demonstrated self-starter.
  • Excellent writing, research and interpersonal skills.


This is an unpaid internship but students are encouraged to obtain academic credit.

Application Materials

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Application


Please contact David Larson at (202) 225-2871 or David.Larson@mail.house.gov for additional information.

Congressman Erik Paulsen
Internship Program Application

Personal Information

Date of Birth:
School Address:
Cell Phone: Above address current until:
Permanent Address:
Parents’ Names:
Phone: County/City of Voter Registration:

Academic Information

High School Name and Location:
Date of Graduation: GPA:
Major/Degree: Minor:
Expected Graduation: Current GPA:

Personal References

1. Name:
In what capacity do you know this reference?
2. Name:
In what capacity do you know this reference?

Internship Information

1. During which term do you wish to serve as an intern? Summer Fall Semester Spring Semester

2. Which location would you prefer?

Washington, D.C. Office Eden Prairie, MN District Office


3. Do you expect to receive academic credit for this internship? Yes No

If Yes, please explain conditions required for credit to be granted:


Please list any other commitments that will limit your availability if accepted to this intern program:

If accepted to this program, what date will you be available to start:
If accepted to this program, what would be your end date?
Days of the week you would be available:

Please attach the following to your application:

  1. A cover letter explaining why you would like to intern with Congressman Erik Paulsen and what you will contribute to the office.
  2. A current resume with community service, work experience, and academic honors.
  3. An unofficial college transcript.

If you have any questions, contact the Intern Coordinator, David Larson, at (202) 225-2871. Please send the completed application to David.Larson@mail.house.gov.