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United States Congress Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Great experience; valuable contacts (in 11 reviews)

  • fast-paced and exciting work environment (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, unpredictable schedule, huge workload, (in 17 reviews)

  • Very low pay and superficial environment (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great on the resume and you get to meet so many great people.

    Cons

    You do not receive much work.

    Advice to Management

    Give the Interns more work.


  2. "Internship Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I worked in a small Congressional office, who's representative was only in his second term, and I got to do a lot more work than interns in other offices. It was pretty easy work, mostly helping to do secretarial stuff in the front office.

    Cons

    No compensation for transportation or housing. Only the wealthy, or those who receiving scholarship funding can afford to live in DC and do an unpaid internship. Also, staffers don't really make a point to know the interns even in small offices, so it can just feel really impersonal working there. Also, only about 5% of the time was actually spent with the Representative. I don't think my Representative even learned my name in the 10 weeks I interned there.

    Advice to Management

    At least offer a transportation stipend to interns. Especially over the summer when interns are working 40-45 hours a week for free, a small stipend of about $30/week for the Metro isn't too much to ask for.

  3. "US House"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits, Travel, Dinner and drink events

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable schedule, huge workload,


  4. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High level projects for interns, access to elected officials, ability to go to events and shadow your bosses, you meet a lot of people from the area that you're interning in and learn a lot about the make-up of said area.

    Cons

    Sometimes you're doing strictly clerical work, but if you voice your opinion and make it known you want more responsibility 9/10, they'll give it to you.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United States Congress (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to make connections

    Cons

    lots of soul-crushing office administrative work


  6. "Digital Director"

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    Current Employee - Digital Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Digital Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United States Congress full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to impress and good hours

    Cons

    Can be very slow at times


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Staff Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience, great networking opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is low for cost of living, long hours

  8. "Amazing Experience Overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Highly recognized
    - Highly competitive
    - Learn a lot about our country
    - Up to date with latest news

    Cons

    - A lot of people and you easily become just one more intern
    - Not much coaching for interns or encouraging interns to go work there after graduation
    - Completely Unpaid


  9. "Special Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great career experience and networking opportunities

    Cons

    it is very difficult to live off the salary


  10. "Best experience ever"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Met important people, good career experience, challenging tasks, many opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Don't stay in August (everyone leaves)


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