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Sen. Cruz's Internship Program offers Texas students a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the inner workings of Congress.

There are two six-week sessions during the summer as well as full-semester internships in both the spring and fall. Interns work during normal office hours: Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm in Texas, from 9 am to 6 pm in Washington, D.C. The internship is in-person only. We do not have a remote work option.

Internships are available in our following offices:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • McAllen

Due Dates:

  • Summer internships: completed packets are due the first Friday in March.
  • Fall semester internships: completed packets are due the first Friday in July.
  • Spring semester internships: completed packets are due the first Friday in November.

Priority is given to students either from Texas or students enrolled in a Texas school who have completed at least their sophomore year of college.

This is a highly competitive process. Due to the limited amount of space and resources available, there are usually more qualified applicants than positions available.

Internships are unpaid, however, it is possible to receive internship course credit pending approval by the respective college or university. The student must provide the permission/paperwork/requirements of their school and note anything our office must complete for them to receive credit.

Interns are supervised by the Director of the office location they select. They will receive weekly feedback from the supervisor and other office leadership on their performance as well as coaching on education, internship, and job pursuits beyond their time with the office. They will also participate in a reading program and discussion with a focus on American history, the role of government, and citizen engagement with elected officials and their offices. Reading materials are provided by the office.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Students assist with regional outreach and constituent relations in addition to normal office activities that include but are not limited to:  

1. Answering phones, reviewing voicemails, and logging constituent correspondence

2. Assisting constituents with connecting to staffers who can best meet their needs

3. Processing email, mail, and packages received

4. Reviewing news items and compiling for office use

5. Legislative research and follow-up for staff and constituents

6. Assisting casework team with processing constituent requests and correspondence

7. Supporting the Service Academy Coordinator in processing and tracking applications

8. Various special projects for different staffers as needed

To apply to Sen. Cruz’s internship program, please submit the following items using the online application.

  1. A cover letter detailing why you would like to be an intern in Senator Ted Cruz's office
  2. A one page resume
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. A college transcript
  5. A one to two page college writing sample

Complete your online application below:

For questions regarding the internship program, please contact internships@cruz.senate.gov.