Internship Opportunities

I am always pleased to learn of so many college students eager to participate in state government. I realize the value of the hands-on learning experience attained from an internship.

Interested students can apply to volunteer for a semester or during the summer in my district office in El Dorado Hills or Redding. An internship offers students a unique opportunity to assist staff in research, gain valuable experience aiding in constituent outreach and learn more about the California legislative process up close!

All internships are non-paying positions. Students are strongly encouraged to work through their college or university to receive academic credit.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please fill out this application form and submit it to senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov.

For additional information, below are several "Frequently Asked Questions."

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many days/hours can I intern per week?
    You and your supervisor will determine the hours and days that are best for you and the office. Keep in mind that if you are interning for college credit, most programs require you to intern a minimum number of hours per week to be eligible for the credits.  Most interns work approximately 15 hours per week.

  1. Can I request to work in a specific area in the Senator's office?
    There are different areas within the Senator's office that need intern participation depending on the time of year. You may indicate on the application a specific area where you would like to work, keeping in mind that placements are at the discretion of the Chief of Staff.

  2. What kind of work will I be doing as an intern?
    Some of the responsibilities may include: answering phones; taking messages; gathering information on groups or organizations; general clerical duties, data entry, researching legislation or issues, and assisting with special events.  

  3. If I apply for an internship and am not selected, can I re-apply for the next quarter/semester?
    If you are not selected for the semester in which you are applying, you are welcome to apply again for the following semester.

  1. Is there an age requirement for interning?
    Interns must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in an accredited college/ university.

  1. Who should I contact if I have more questions about an internship?
    If you have any further questions, please contact my district office at 916-771-5840.