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United States House of Representatives Reviews

Updated May 18, 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. "Fast-Paced, Exciting and interesting."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Congressional Policy in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Congressional Policy in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good entry level experience for recent graduates.

    Cons

    Hard work, pay is low

    Advice to Management

    Differs from office to office.


  2. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to meet people and quickly learn policy areas

    Cons

    Lots of work and pay is bad.

    Advice to Management

    All depends on member's personality.


  3. "Bloated and non-responsive"

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    Current Employee - Congressional Aide in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Congressional Aide in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most are fortunate to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate about what they believe in. Most are there to make a difference (even if they lack the skills to accomplish it).

    Cons

    A whole lot of activity. But little of consequence actually being acomplished. 50% of that is structural and 50% is the fact that the majority of Capitol Hill Staffers are grossly underqualified when it comes to actual policy formulation.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more qualified Staffers. More need backgrounds in policy analysis and less in politics. And reward those who do seek the proper education.


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  5. "Good experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Field Representative and Caseworker in West Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Field Representative and Caseworker in West Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a good place to work right out of college.

    Cons

    Working for the government brings challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Only hired people who are right for the job.


  6. "Office politics are as bad as the real thing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good district director and nice co-workers can make it a pleasant and educational experience, possibility exists for flexible vacation days and time off. Days go by quickly and there's always a lot going on.

    Cons

    Pay is not on par with similar positions in the private sector, little advancement potential and few opportunities for growth. Office politics can make for a hellish experience, people spend way too much time in CYA mode leaving less time for the actual work. District Boss can do tons of sniping behind backs, so everybody in it for themselves. Many staffers thrown under the bus so management looks good.

    Advice to Management

    Stick up for your people, take a minute to walk the walk. Be the same in private as you act like you are in public.


  7. "Glad I experienced it, really understimulating"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume, make valuable connections, low workload, set hours, get to see some pretty cool stuff and be on C-Span.

    Cons

    lack of substance, office politics, boring, stagnant, have to deal with mostly fringe right or left wing constituents, almost exclusively menial work.

    Advice to Management

    More legislation, more progressive office environment, more efficient workload protocol, give interns more responsibility, value a youth perspective.


  8. "Work, network, and you might succeed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Congressional Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Congressional Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get exposure to the latest policy ideas and top-level government leaders. There is opportunity to grow your network while attending some of the best happy hours and receptions in DC.

    Cons

    Capitol Hill is full of tedious work to be done, especially at the lower levels. Depending on who you work with, some people will make time for you. Others won't acknowledge your existence.


  9. "Great network, long hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Legislative Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Experience dépendant on office - got to work with talented, passionate people who cared about their work

    Cons

    Work/life balance doesn't exist, gets boring quickly, low pay


  10. "Congressional Intern"

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    Former Intern - Congressional Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Congressional Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Historical quality to the buildings you work in, i.e. The Capitol, House buildings, Senate buildings
    Good learning experience
    If you get a nice congressman/congresswoman you will have a really great experience, regardless of political allegiance.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship. Let me say that again.... unpaid... It is very hard to make ends meat even as a legislative assistant (salaries are public record, thank you transparency!). The work can be boring, and being the first line of defense so to speak with the constituents can be daunting.


  11. "The Best of Times/The Worst of Times"

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

    I worked at United States House of Representatives full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working on the Hill is truly based on what Member you are working for. I had one experience where we were like family, the other was a hellacious, dysfunctional family. Pros: You will experience things you will never experience again; truly unique look into the legislative process; great networking and resume building; frankly--even for a frustrating process and when Congress isn't talking to one another you will still feel a unique satisfaction/patriotism if you're a history/poli sci geek

    Cons

    Long hours, little pay, and a lot of grunt work in between... as you continue to take on more and more responsibility and get into the policy/Committee areas you are going to deal frequently with turf wars and a lot of ego and competition.


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