Established in August 1991, the MIT Washington Office is an extension of the Office of the President of MIT. Working with faculty and university administration, the office broadens and strengthens MIT’s relationship with the US Congress and federal executive branches, including federal agencies. The office also works with the higher education and science and technology communities in Washington D.C.

Working with the senior legislative assistant, interns assist MIT staff by playing an active role in national policy debates of relevance to research universities. Specifically, the intern is responsible for producing substantive written assignments that encompass work on current and emerging legislation, congressional testimony, congressional committee hearings, executive branch directives, and agency actions, especially in regard to regulations and new initiatives.

Interns are an integral part of the office team and actively interact with Congressional offices, higher education associations, science societies, other university government relations representatives, and federal agency staff. Opportunities for individual initiative are provided and office tasks are kept to a minimum.

Prospective intern candidates must have a significant interest in the federal government and the legislative process, strong research and writing skills, a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic, as well as the ability to work independently and take initiative. Students selected for an internship position gain exposure to the legislative process and become familiar with the vast array of public policy issues of concern to research-intensive universities.

How to apply: There are two opportunities for internships in the MIT Washington Office.

Rising juniors and seniors at MIT may apply for the opportunity to spend a summer in the office. Candidates are selected from referrals provided to the office from the MIT Washington Summer Internship Program, offered by the MIT Political Science department. While this is an unpaid internship, some students have secured Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) funding in the past. Please note, students do not have to be taking a political science course in order to apply for UROP funding for this particular internship.

Students not enrolled at MIT are also encouraged to apply for an internship in the MIT Washington Office. The office accepts applications throughout the year for unpaid internships structured for two to five days per week for three months in the spring or fall. Please note, the office is not able to help with housing.

All interested MIT students should refer to the MIT Washington Summer Internship Program website for more information and to learn how to apply. All others, please contact Helen Haislmaier in the MIT Washington Office at (202) 789-1828 or email