Wednesday, September 21, 2011

US Senate Employment Bulletin -- September 21st, 2011

Revised: September 20, 2011 at 11:06 AM

The Senate Employment Bulletin is published as a service to Senate offices choosing to advertise staff vacancies. The listing is posted online at and revised throughout the week.

To apply for advertised positions, please follow the application instructions at the end of each advertisement. Indicate the job referral number associated with each ad and submit a separate resume for every position for which you wish to apply.

For more information, please consult the Placement Brochure on the Web site or contact the Placement Office at (202) 224-9167.

Offices within the United States Senate are equal opportunity employers.



Southern moderate Democratic Senator seeks experienced, energetic, media-savvy professional to serve as Press Secretary for an active Senate office. Responsibilities include writing press releases, op-eds, talking points and speeches; working with the Communications Director to identify and plan press events in Washington and in the state; staffing events; developing relationships with members of the press, and supporting the Senator’s overall press operations. The ideal candidate will have several years experience in a Senate or House communications job, talking on-the-record with reporters and working in a high-pressure environment. Strong writing and people skills, solid knowledge of the national political press and ample initiative a must. Please submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples (the first two must be a speech or statement and a press release. The third can be your choice of a press release, blog or op-ed) to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Conservative Republican is seeking an experienced and innovative Speechwriter based in Washington, D.C. Duties include: writing speeches, columns, floor statements, and other media and constituent communications. Position reports to the Communications Director, but works across departments, including regular interaction with the legislative team. Candidates must have excellent writing skills, good judgment, a sense of humor, and experience distilling complex policy issues into a meaningful message. Candidates must also be proactive team players who can meet tight deadlines, work well under pressure, and multi-task. Hill experience a plus. Salary commensurate with experience. Please cut and paste your resume and three writing samples into the email message window to indicating job referral number in the subject line. *DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS*



Rhode Island Senator seeks Deputy Press Secretary with strong media background and excellent writing skills for busy communications office. Duties will include: drafting press releases, organizing and staffing events (frequent travel to the state), maintaining the website and creating video content, tracking media appearances, and preparing press clips. Previous Senate, campaign, or other communications experience a must. Rhode Island ties and familiarity with the state and its media market are a major plus. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Socially progressive Judiciary Committee Democrat is seeking a motivated Deputy Counsel to work on Committee issues. Hill experience is preferred, as is a practical or policy background in immigration, law enforcement, bankruptcy and/or intellectual property. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are essential. The applicant should be a creative thinker with the ability to handle multiple ongoing projects. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to



Progressive Midwestern Senator seeks Legislative Correspondent to assist Senior Education Counsel on issues related to education. Position requires excellent writing skills, sound political judgment, ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment and a willingness to take initiative. Responsibilities include responding to constituent mail, meeting with constituent groups, research, and supporting the Senior Education Counsel. Ideal candidates should have strong writing and communication skills, attention to detail, and willingness to work hard as part of a team. College degree is required and at least one to two years of previous Hill experience or education policy experience is strongly preferred. Applicants should submit resume and cover letter to by September 23rd



Democratic Senator on the Appropriations Committee is seeking a Legislative Assistant to work on defense, veterans and foreign affairs issues. Responsibilities include staffing the Senator on the Appropriations Committee, developing and advancing the Senator’s legislative agenda, providing detailed updates and analysis on relevant issues, representing the Senator in meetings with constituents, and conducting outreach to interested groups. Applicants must have significant Hill or policy experience, excellent verbal and written communications skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Maryland ties are a plus. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.



Senior Senator and Member of the Senate Finance Committee seeks a Legislative Fellow to work on economic and tax policy, including deficit reduction and tax reform. Ideal candidate will have experience and knowledge in one or more of the following issue areas: federal income tax; corporate tax; international tax; deficit reduction; macroeconomic policy; and Unemployment Insurance. Fellow could be asked to help spearhead legislative agenda items for the Senator. Strong writing skills, as well as the ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines, are musts. Looking for a six-month to one-year commitment. Please send cover letter and resume to



Western Democrat seeks articulate and creative speech/staff writer to join communications team. Candidates must have excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to translate policy initiatives into coherent and logical prose. Above all, a commitment to mastering the senator’s style and voice is key. Duties will include producing speeches on a tight deadline, leading longer-term speech projects, editing talking points and op-eds, generating website content and a variety of other written materials. Previous speech writing experience preferred. To apply, send cover letter, two writing samples and resume to



Senator Tim Johnson, a member of the Committee on Indian Affairs, has an immediate opening for a Native American Liaison position in South Dakota. Candidates should be detail-oriented, have strong written and verbal communication skills and be familiar with Native American issues. Applicants must be able to travel within the state on a frequent basis. Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Northeastern Democratic Senator is seeking an experienced Legislative Director. The Legislative Director would be responsible for managing the office’s legislative operation; assisting in the development of message, policy positions and legislative initiatives; creating and implementing long and short-term legislative priorities for the Senator. A successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, an in-depth knowledge of the Senate’s legislative operations and solid management skills. Experience as a Senate Legislative Director, or at least 6-8 years of Senate legislative experience as a Senior LA, Senior Policy Advisor, Counsel or similar position required. Salary commensurate with experience. Office is an equal opportunity employer. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Midwestern Democratic Senator seeks undergraduate students and recent graduates for full and part-time internships beginning in September. Internship responsibilities include: legislative research on policy issues for Senator’s Legislative staff in order to prepare floor speeches, hearing statements, and floor charts; constituent correspondence by letter, email, and telephone; attending hearings and other events on Capitol Hill on behalf of the office; and various administrative tasks. This is an unpaid internship. Students and recent college graduates from Midwest are strongly encouraged to apply. If interested, please submit a cover letter, a resume with three references and a writing sample to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Democratic Senator is seeking a responsible, organized and experienced manager with excellent communication skills to handle all administrative aspects of the office. Tasks required include maintaining staff leave and travel records, maintaining office budget and processing vouchers for office expenses, procuring supplies and equipment, advertisement of office vacancies, and other special projects occasionally required. Candidate will coordinate operations with the state offices and will act as the Office Emergency Coordinator. This individual will work closely with the Chief of Staff to facilitate successful office operations. Applicants must have superior organizational skills, strong people skills, multitasking ability and patience. Capitol Hill experience preferred. E-mail a cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Senior Democratic Senator seeks professional, dependable staff to serve as Mailroom Director. Duties include, but are not limited to, training mailroom staff; supervising the opening, dating and distribution of all incoming mail; and creating and preparing reports on mail volume for the Senator and appropriate staff. Proven management experience is a plus. IQ and Hill experience is preferred. Must be a team player. Send cover letter and resume as one document to



Moderate Democrat seeks a fellow to assist with tax, banking, trade, housing, and other economic policy issues. Responsibilities include generating job creation policy ideas, analyzing policy issues, meeting with constituents and stakeholders, and drafting memos. Ideal candidate will: have a graduate degree in law, business, economics, or policy; have private sector work experience; have an interest or background in innovation and high-tech manufacturing; possess strong communication skills; and be a team player. This is an unpaid fellowship, ideally lasting between six months and a year. Email cover letter and resume to:



Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is accepting applications for an unpaid internship this fall. This internship serves as an educational experience to learn the inner workings of a Senate office, and see firsthand the actions of Congress. Responsibilities include but are not limited to answering phones, reading and distributing of mail, filing and running errands for the administrative staff, attending briefings/hearings for legislative staff when needed and assisting with research. Full time and part time positions are available to start immediately. Ohio ties are a plus. Current college students and recent graduates that are interested should send resume, cover letter, reference list, and days and hours you would be available to NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE



Senator Mary Landrieu seeks an enthusiastic, professional college student or recent college grad for unpaid press internship this fall to assist in aggressive and fast-paced press office. Tasks include compiling daily press clips, maintaining and updating press lists, drafting press releases and advisories and other tasks to keep a busy press office humming. Preference will be given to those from Louisiana and those who can commit to a fulltime internship. However, candidates from outside Louisiana are encouraged to apply. To apply, please e-mail cover letter, resume with references and one writing sample to



Our socially progressive, fiscally moderate Democratic Senate office is looking for a talented writer to join our communications team. We're looking for someone able to write in the senator's voice — casual, but eloquent — and our prose needs to match that style, whether we're talking about marriage equality or deficit reduction. Think: AP style, with lots of em dashes, as delivered from a pulpit on Sunday morning. We're looking for someone to apply that style to talking points, press releases, blog posts, blast emails, opening statements, and an occasional full-length speech. The boss is on four committees, so we need a policy sponge with a knack for research. Recovering journalists — or Ezra Klein-esque wunderkinds — fit the bill. With a number of in-state events to prepare for each week, in addition to our work in Washington, we're looking for a flexible team player who thrives on a deadline and can produce a ton of copy day in and day out. Sound like you? Submit a resume (preferably yours), a recent writing sample, and a one-page cover letter that convinces us that Twitter is important to American economic competitiveness to



Senator Schumer’s DC office is seeking diligent, enthusiastic and organized undergraduate students and recent graduates for unpaid legislative internships during the upcoming fall semester. These positions provide exposure to the legislative process, while developing an understanding of how a congressional office operates. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to, answering phones, organizing constituent mail and the potential to assist legislative staff with research on various issues. Interns available to start immediately with full-time availability and New York ties are strongly preferred. Interested candidates please send resume, a cover letter indicating your weekly availability, a reference list and a 3 to 5 page writing sample and application available at to the number listed



Senator Jeff Merkley is seeking fall interns for his Washington, D.C. office. College students and recent college graduates looking to experience firsthand how the Senate functions are encouraged to apply. D.C. interns will be paired with legislative staff based on their interests and experience and will have the opportunity to shadow the Senator for a full day. Interns will conduct policy research, draft correspondence, and support the Senate staff in day-to-day operations. Internships with Senator Merkley are unpaid. Full and part-time internships are available. Class schedules will be taken into account for the fall semester. During the school year interns are expected to work at least one full day and at least two half days. If you are applying for the fall semester, please include what days and hours you are able to work. If your institution allows or requires college credit, that can be arranged. To apply for an internship please submit a resume, cover letter, a short essay describing what you hope to gain from the internship, a letter of recommendation and two references. The short essay should demonstrate your writing skills and interest in politics. Applications should be emailed to



Senator Michael Bennet is now accepting full and part-time Internship applications for his Colorado and Washington, DC offices. Internships begin in August or September. The Internship program provides an excellent opportunity for students or recent graduates. You will learn firsthand the inner workings of a Senate office. Interns are an integral part of our office, providing important support to staff as they work to serve Colorado residents. Responsibilities for interns participating in the DC program include: assisting staff with providing mail and administrative support, drafting correspondence, attending hearings and briefings, and researching legislative issues. Responsibilities for interns participating in Colorado program include: assisting Constituent Advocates on a variety of issue areas, administrative support, drafting correspondence, representing the Senate office at meetings and events, and researching legislative issues. Applicants please apply at



Western Democratic Senator seeks a self-motivated and enthusiastic Press Intern for an aggressive communications shop. Duties include monitoring, clipping and distribution of relevant news stories, mainly from TV and print. Other press responsibilities include: research, writing memos, attending press conferences, and helping to organize news interviews and radio call-ins. Previous experience with press is preferred, along with roots in the West. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and an eagerness to learn about professional communications. This is a full-time position. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and two references to



Senate Committee seeks experienced Economist specializing in macroeconomics and fiscal policy. Ph.D. level of economics background required and comprehensive knowledge of macroeconomic modeling. Responsibilities include monitoring and reporting on current economic indicators such as GDP, employment and interest rates; writing the economic analysis sections of committee reports; and preparing hearings on economic topics. Applicants should be able to analyze the impact of budget policies on both short-run and long-run economic performance. Ability to analyze the economic and distributional effects of tax policies is important, and a familiarity with health economics is also a plus. Send cover letter and resume to



Midwest Democratic Senator seeks hard-working, self-motivated Press Intern for busy communications shop. Responsibilities include compiling daily news clips, maintaining and updating website, drafting press releases, overseeing press lists and providing administrative support. The ideal candidate will be a team player with excellent time-management and organizational skills, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Communications background is a plus. This is an unpaid internship that will provide key foundational press experience to succeed at the next level. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Senator Scott Brown seeks highly motivated students for full- and part-time Unpaid Internships for the fall semester (minimum 15 hours per week). College students and recent graduates are welcome to apply, but preference is given to applicants with Massachusetts ties. Press, scheduling, and legislative intern opportunities are available. For additional information, please visit Applicants should fax resume and cover letter expressing areas of interest to 202-228-2646.



Senator Charles E. Schumer’s press office seeks full-time, unpaid Fall interns in Washington, DC. Part-Time interns will also be considered but candidates with full-time availability will be given preference. It is preferable, but not required, if candidate is available immediately, and can continue work through the Fall. Responsibilities include compiling press clips, answering reporter inquiries, organizing press conferences, writing press releases and memos, conducting research and assisting the Press Staff with day-to-day operations of a very active press office. Applicants must work well under pressure, have excellent written and oral communications skills and a desire to learn. Previous experience in politics and press are not required but candidates should have a general understanding of governmental process, knowledge of the Northeast, and interest in communications. If interested, please send cover letter, resume and references via email to



Senate Republican Leadership office seeks a highly motivated, personable individual with exceptional organizational skills and multitasking ability to serve as a Member and Guest Relations Assistant. Must be a self-starter with a meticulous attention to detail. Duties include overseeing the front office, managing interns, providing daily research assistance to communications staff, and assisting with new media. Interested candidates may e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to No calls or drop-ins, please



Democratic Senator seeking a proactive, detail-oriented, quick thinking person with strong writing skills to fill Assistant to the Chief of Staff position. The Assistant to the Chief of Staff is responsible for overseeing all activities of the Chief of Staff, including managing his correspondence, travel, reimbursements, meetings, phone calls, and schedule. The Assistant is also responsible for managing the Washington, DC internship program and working closely with the Scheduling team. Assistant is in charge of organizing all annual staff events. Candidate must be extremely organized, be able to exercise discretion, and possess the ability to think and react quickly to challenging situations. Flexible work hours required when Senate is in session. At least one year of Hill experience preferred. Ability to occasionally drive the Chief of Staff and/or Senator to local events in DC a requirement. Please send resume and cover letter to



Democratic Veteran Affairs Committee member is seeking a Legislative Assistant to handle committee work and other policy issues. Candidates should have strong writing and communication skills and be able to think analytically and innovatively on policy matters. The successful candidate will also have a strong commitment to public service and be proactive, resourceful, well-organized, and able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, changing environment. Experience with veterans and/or military issues preferred but not required. Hill experience a plus. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



The office of Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) is looking for a Foreign Policy Fellow beginning October 2011. The Fellow will work closely with the Senator’s primary foreign policy advisor in supporting Senator Casey in his work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, specifically his role as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Central Asian Affairs. The Fellow will be responsible for: preparing background materials and suggested questions for Committee Hearings; assisting with planning of Subcommittee Hearings chaired by Senator Casey; and support the Senator’s legislative and policy initiatives emerging from his work on the Foreign Relations Committee. The Fellow will also regularly meet with Pennsylvania constituents, outside advocacy groups, and NGO’s to share perspectives and exchange information on key foreign policy issues. The ideal candidate will possess a substantive knowledge of global affairs and have a strong understanding of the role Congress plays in the formulation of U.S. foreign policy. Preference will be provided to those with a strong regional expertise in the Middle East and South Asia. Successful applicants will also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment. THIS IS NOT A PAID POSITION. Applicants must be in an established fellowship program and able to commit to a six-month rotation with the office, with preference given to those candidates able to commit to a longer duration. To apply, interested parties should e-mail a cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Foreign Policy Fellow



Ranking Member of Senate Subcommittee is seeking attorney with domestic policy background and oversight experience to serve as number two on subcommittee staff. Regulatory and investigations background strongly preferred. Must have Hill experience, preferably on a committee and/or on the Senate side. Must have five years of experience since receiving law degree. Please email resume to:



Senate Democrat seeks experienced New Media Press Secretary to develop and manage social media and online communications strategies. The New Media press secretary is responsible for increasing the Senator's digital presence while expanding a network of online supporters through the creative use of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, the Senator's official website, targeted email campaigns and blogger outreach. The ideal candidate for the position will offer several years of communications experience -- campaign, government or private sector -- that focuses on social media and online grassroots organizing. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate proven success in working in highly integrated environments that include communications, policy and political staff. Some traditional press secretary responsibilities round out the portfolio. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Ranking Member of Senate Subcommittee is seeking attorney with domestic policy background and oversight experience. Responsibilities include investigations, drafting legislation, developing and staffing hearings, preparing memoranda, statements and speeches, and serving as senior counsel for subcommittee. Capitol Hill and/or regulatory experience preferred but not necessary. Must have excellent references and five years of experience since receiving law degree. Please email resume to:



Republican Senator seeks Legislative Assistant to handle Agriculture and other policy issues. Only applicants with experience in agriculture will be considered. The ideal candidate would possess strong writing and communication skills and be able to think creatively and innovatively on policy matters. Hill experience a plus. This office is an equal opportunity employer. Please email cover letter and resume to indicating “Legislative Assistant” in the subject line.



Democratic Senator seeks a personable, dependable and professional Staff Assistant for a very busy front office in Washington, DC. Duties include, but are not limited to: answering phones, greeting visitors, arranging tours and distributing faxes. Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, be fluent in Spanish, and be able to work in a team environment. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Senior Member of the Senate seeks experienced counsel or professional staffer to develop and implement Senator’s domestic policy agenda including judiciary, labor, education and consumer issues. Responsibilities include developing, drafting and promoting legislation and other initiatives. Successful candidates will have extensive experience in the field as well as law or other advanced degree. Congressional experience a strong plus. Excellent opportunities for professional growth. Equal opportunity employer. Send resume and cover letter to



Moderate Democratic office is looking for a Legislative Assistant to cover banking, financial services, housing and trade issues. Ideal candidates should have related Hill or private sector experience. Applicants should be highly-motivated, independent, and possess good analytical and writing skills. Please send resume to



Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is seeking attorneys with banking or housing law experience. Responsibilities include drafting legislation, developing and staffing hearings, and preparing memoranda, statements and speeches. Applicants should possess excellent academic credentials and at least 3 years of private practice or regulatory experience. No Capitol Hill experience required. Please email resume to:



Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is seeking attorneys with banking or housing law experience. Responsibilities include drafting legislation, developing and staffing hearings, and preparing memoranda, statements and speeches. Applicants should possess excellent academic credentials and at least 3 years of private practice or regulatory experience. No Capitol Hill experience required. Please email resume to:



Western Democratic Senator seeks experienced, dynamic communications professional to serve as Press Secretary. The ideal applicant will be an excellent writer and editor with a strong track record of building relationships with print and broadcast media, experience in implementing new media strategies, and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Duties will include working with reporters, editors and producers; drafting and editing news releases, speeches and op-eds; and developing new media content. On-record experience required and Hill experience preferred. The position reports to the Communications Director in Washington, D.C. For consideration, send cover letter, resume and writing samples to



Moderate Democratic Senator seeks a Legislative Director. Responsibilities will include managing an active staff of Legislative Assistants and Legislative Correspondents, developing and implementing legislative strategy, mentoring staff, and reviewing legislative output for substance and style. Also responsible for small legislative portfolio. Previous experience as a Senate Legislative Director is strongly preferred. Senate legislative experience as a Senior LA, Senior Policy Advisor, Counsel or similar position is required. Strong writing, management and analytical skills are a must. Issue expertise in tax, budget, entitlements and energy is also a plus. Successful candidate will be an aggressive, politically savvy leader with an ability to function in a fast-paced environment. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to indicating job referral number in the subject line.



Senior Democrat, prominent in health care issues, seeks highly skilled health policy player for active personal office. Successful candidate must be able to generate ideas – large and small – and possess strong writing, organizational and interpersonal skills. Previous Hill experience preferred, but not required. Salary commensurate with experience. Equal opportunity employer. Please email resume to:

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