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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Pros
  • This is an extremely valuable internship that you will learn a lot from (in 25 reviews)

  • Lots of substantive research opportunities (committee especially ), minimum admin stuff (but you are an intern) great networking opportunities (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Expect long hours when congress is in session for little compensation (in 106 reviews)

  • Hours can be insane, leading to poor work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "District Office Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities for anyone who engages in out of work events

    Cons

    Constituents casework inquiries are good way to develop customer service skills, however can be extremely mundane day after day.


  2. "Press Secretary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great connections and information for those looking to gain political experience

    Cons

    Very long hours for workers

  3. "I plan the events for the Congresswoman"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The exposure that you receive

    Cons

    The pay is not where it should be

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Natural Resources Committee"

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    Former Employee - Press Team in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Press Team in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting atmosphere, fast paced, center of the action, plenty of opportunity for growth, committee salaries and benefits are not bad either.

    Cons

    Some of the people are great but a lot of people are only concerned about themselves, their power, and moving up to the top no matter who they have to knock down in the process. A lot of energy is wasted watching your back and protecting your job. Too many policy people end up in press and don't know best press practices. Good luck trying to change the status quo. 10 people need to sign off just to get one press release out the door. The way things are done are very old school and staff is averse to change.

    Advice to Management

    Do not reward employees who are are disrespectful, gossipy, destructive, information hoarding, and power hungry. Reward employees who work hard and exhibit humility.


  5. "It's what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant/Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant/Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on your boss, you can gain a lot of experience in policy. There is also a lot of room for growth if you move to different offices. Navigate that carefully though because loyalty is really big on the Hill.

    Cons

    You work on behalf of your member, so even if you don't necessarily agree with where your Member stands on a certain issue, what he/she says on the matter is what you have to advocate for.

    Pay can also be a downside. Until you get to a certain level, the salary won't match the cost of living in the area.


  6. "US House of Representatives"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunities and room for professional growth

    Cons

    Relatively low pay unless you are in senior positions


  7. "Scheduler"

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    Current Employee - Congressional Scheduler in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Congressional Scheduler in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot, expand network, understand legislative policies, connect with local organizations

    Cons

    Work evenings and weekends, pay isn't great, conflicts with potential volunteer activities outside of work due to potential conflicts of interest

  8. "Great place to network"

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to network with professionals from various fields, great access to the political process

    Cons

    Very demanding workload/hours, very structured and hierarchical. Very limited opportunities for growth


  9. "Exciting but soul-sucking"

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    Current Employee - Senior Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United States House of Representatives full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work on issues that matter
    Ability to learn in depth on practically any topic you want
    Serious exposure to high-level leaders in US government
    Problem solving
    Something new every day
    Beautiful office
    You literally are the news
    Learn the ins and outs of interpersonal relationships

    Cons

    your job depends entirely on one human being. Keep your fingers crossed your boss isn't an idiot.

    Advice to Management

    bipartisanship is not an ugly word. I'd like to get back to work on actual issues instead of fighting about bathrooms and marriage please.


  10. "Depends on the office"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legislative Correspondent in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exposed to almost all policy areas and through that, you can choose which you would like to pursue for a career
    strengthens writing skills
    learn how to be an LA

    Cons

    Long Hours,
    Constituents can be difficult,
    the last stepping stone before real policy experience
    Have very little autonomy or authority in the office to speak up


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