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Internship Stipend

Congressman Raul Ruiz is providing up to an $1,800 stipend for students to alleviate the costs of interning in our Washington, D.C. office. Unpaid Congressional internships make it impossible for less affluent students to afford the costs of housing, transportation, and food. Congressman Ruiz is committed to ensuring each student has the opportunity to learn more about government and the legislative process. Congressman Ruiz is asking for students of all backgrounds, who would not otherwise be able to afford to intern in Washington D.C., to apply for a semester internship. If accepted, each intern would receive a stipend of up to $1,800 to help pay for the costs of living in Washington, D.C.

This internship is a unique opportunity to come to Washington, D.C. and learn firsthand how Congress works. Interns will work closely with staff to understand the critical issues that are driving the legislative agenda. Duties would include attending congressional hearings, writing memos, and assisting staff with legislative research. Interns will also be answering phones, giving U.S. Capitol tours, processing mail, and other tasks as assigned by staff.

Prospective interns should be mature, self-motivated, and enthusiastic. Candidates should also have strong research and writing skills. All candidates for this stipend must be students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, and all candidates must have a 3.0 GPA or higher to be considered for the Internship. Applications from individuals with California ties are preferred. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender stereotyping, national origin, age, military status, disability, or any other legally protected status under applicable federal law and House Rules. Internships in the Office of Congressman Ruiz are at-will.

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Certification:This internship is intended only for those students who could not otherwise afford to live and work in Washington, D.C. To apply for the stipend, you must have a financial need for it. While some students do have other means of affording to live in D.C., such as by relying on financial assistance from family or on stipends available through the student's educational institution, this stipend is intended for those who could not otherwise afford this opportunity. The office considers a financial need to exist in circumstances such as: when a student is eligible for a Pell Grant; when a student or a person claiming the student as a dependent is eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit; when a student or a person claiming the student as a dependent lives at or below the federal poverty line; and other similar circumstances that may compel a student to decline to take an internship in D.C.

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Please note: Interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or other program of higher education.

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The Office is asking for this certification because appropriations law prohibits the federal government, including House offices, from hiring an individual for a paid position in the continental United States unless that individual falls into one of the above categories. By certifying below that you have a financial need for this internship, you are certifying that you understand that the Office is relying on your representation of financial need as that term is defined herein and that you are being honest and truthful in your representation of financial need.

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I declare and certify that the information provided by me is complete and true to the best of my knowledge. I am aware that any misrepresentation or omission may preclude an internship offer, may result in withdrawal of an internship offer, or may cause immediate dismissal from my internship.

I understand and acknowledge that an internship with the Office of Congressman Ruiz is at-will and the internship relationship may be terminated by either the Office of Congressman Ruiz or me at any time, with or without notice or cause.

Please note: Accepted applicants will be subject to a criminal background check.