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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated May 22, 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 102 reviews)

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

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  1. "Congressional Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the interworking of our nations Legislative process
    Fast paced

    Cons

    Not many cons. I had an overall great learning experience.


  2. "Congressional Aide"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Congressional Aide in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Congressional Aide in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Important work, excellent experience, great networking, student loan repayment

    Cons

    Poor pay, potential long hours

    Advice to Management

    Do your job.


  3. "House"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deputy Chief of Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy Chief of Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, Service, Perks, Benefits, Pay

    Cons

    Hours, Pay, People, Children, Republicans


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  5. "Not for those with a long career ahead of them"

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    Current Employee - CAO Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - CAO Financial Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security, and starting salary.

    Cons

    No room for advancement/career development, no opportunity for raises or promotions. Lack of utilizing the technology that is available - very old school principles that an employee must be physically accounted for in the office to be considered a productive, contributing member.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your staff, they are your greatest asset and knowledge base. By not allowing room to grow it forces us to leave employment to look for that elsewhere.


  6. "Communications Director"

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    Current Employee - Communications Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Direct contact and working relationship with the member

    Lead and construct your own communications strategy

    Great exposure to key stakeholders in media, government, and industry

    Cons

    Difficult work life balance due to the nature of the news cycle

    Can be difficult without a good relationship with the member

    Strong organizational skills needed to streamline workload


  7. "Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) District Office"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A great learning opportunity for anyone interested in public service work. The staff are lovely.

    Cons

    Sometimes really irate constituents call or come in because they need assistance or are upset about something. Do not take it personal, they are just having a tough time.

    Advice to Management

    More hands on constituent case work please!


  8. "Staff Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a fun environment for young 20-somethings right out of college. The Hill is a great way to learn more about the legislative process.

    Cons

    Depending on the Member office you work in, it can be pretty deceitful and a dog eat dog atmosphere. The hours varied from day to day - so don't expect your average 9-5 job.


  9. "Legislative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No better way to kick off a career in government affairs than at the U.S. Congress. If you're lucky, you'll work in a office full of great, hardworking and like minded staffers who want to achieve the same goal as you. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to build relationships with other offices and external agencies that can serve as a great networking circle.

    Cons

    Terribly pay, unless you're a very senior staff member. Long hours, depending on which member office you work in.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to low paying staffers and try to be flexible with schedules as staff members try to advance their careers either by seeking campaign work or school.


  10. "Legislative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, heavy work load, public service, interesting people, meetings, issues. Unique ability to impact process and legislation in front of Chamber

    Cons

    Long hours, tight budgets for pay, slow career ladder. Insular community. distracting work environment, very hierarchical


  11. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Congressional Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Congressional Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    As a summer intern you have flexibility to pursue networking opportunities and attend briefings and hearings of interest

    Cons

    Unpaid. Long hours. Tedious work at times. Can feel monotonous.


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