How To Write A Cover Letter To A Senator

Sample cover letter for Internship position at Congresswoman

POSITION:

Congressional Staffer

Dear Congresswoman [REDACTED]:

I am a first-generation student at the University of [REDACTED] and I would like to be considered for a summer internship position with your DC office. As a third year Economics and Political Science double major I have considerable writing and research experience as well as a strong interest in public policy and the legislative process. I admire the work of the men and women in Congress and would like to assist them in making our nation a better place. It would be an honor to work in your office and I strongly believe that my education and previous experience qualify me for the position.

I am confident I would be an asset as an intern in your office. I have developed excellent research, writing, organizational, and multi-tasking skills during my three years at the University of [REDACTED]. In addition to the many papers I have written for my classes, I have also worked as the Assistant Director of Feedback and the Assistant Director of Research for [STUDENT GOVERNMENT SPEAKER'S BUREAU]. I’ve researched potential speakers, mining attendance data from their past events, and written summaries of the feedback data from post-event surveys for executive board members. My writing skills would be beneficial in writing briefings, research summaries, and correspondence if I am offered an internship in your office.

In addition to my research and writing skills, I also have experience as a leader and team member. I was selected as one of the top 100 sophomores in the [REDACTED] College of Business Administration from a highly competitive pool of student leaders to participate in the [LEADERSHIP ACADEMY]—a yearlong development program focusing on leadership, ethics, and professionalism. Through several career-focused workshop modules I developed my personal professionalism as well as strong communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Furthermore, as an intramural flag football official I worked on a team with two other officials to manage fast-paced games and high pressure situations. I learned the importance of cooperation and effective communication among team members, and gained the confidence needed to interact with your constituents.

As a proven leader with relevant experience, I am excited to submit my name for consideration. If you would like to discuss my qualifications further, please contact me at [PHONE] or at [EMAIL]. I am available to work from May 11th to August 14th. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,



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Legislative Correspondent
August 2016 to CurrentUnited States Senate - Washington, D.C.
  • Represent the senator at events and in constituent meetings, assist the senator with policy prioritization.
  • Coordinate meetings and create briefings for the senator and senior legislative staff.
  • Draft responses to constituent mail.
  • Interview, hire, on-board, train, and manage group of five interns per season.
  • Wrote and revised memos, budgetary documents and press releases.
  • Support Legislative Assistant in research.
  • Plan and organize constituent outreach.
  • Monitor legislation and analyze initiatives.
  • Research and seek stakeholders for new bills.
Case Manager
June 2015 to June 2016Renton Area Youth and Family Services - Renton, Washington
  • Responsible for the completion of grant registration forms and accurate reporting to the organizations three major funders including the Department of Education.
  • Serves as the case manager for 16 youth which included conducting interviews and leading them through academic and personal goal setting activities delivering outcomes that included reduced juvenile recidivism.
  • Documents the progress of youth within their case notes to keep record of their growth & small group facilitation.
  • Partnered in the development of the social justice committee, which has developed a framework to aid staff in supporting youth of color; and provided diversity training to all of the staff members at the agency.
Program Intern
July 2014 to July 2015People of Color Against AIDS Network POCAAN - Seattle, Washington
  • Received training in counseling, recording, referral procedures and became certified in HIV testing.
  • Served as a member of implementing a CDC funded program to incentivise HIV testing among high-risk communities and provided support in marketing the program and conducting testing.
  • Conducted donor outreach activities in collaboration with fellow staff members, resulting in raising over six figures.
  • On-boarded 4 new hires on a monthly basis, providing them with essential training on HIV procedures, agency guidelines, and expectations; assisted the HR Director as needed with employee relations tasks.
Compliance Resolution Officer
May 2014 to July 2016Delta Airlines - SeaTac, Washington
  • Responsible for staying current on regulatory rules and changes within the industry.
  • Determine potential discrepancies.
  • Consistently meets safety guidelines, metrics, and other expectations that enable on time flight departures.
  • Resolve passenger complaints in order to avoid mediation and/or arbitration with the Department of Transportation.
  • Lead a team of 4 individuals that acted as the service recovery team which is responsible for easing the inconveniences that disabled passengers may face; developed an innovative solution which allows customers with disabilities to request wheelchairs via phone.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A : Social Welfare Diversity, June 2016UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTONSocial Welfare Diversity 3.5 Recipient of Multicultural Scholarship, Truman Scholar, graduated with honors.
Associate of Arts (A.A) : June 2014SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE3.5 Foundation Scholar and member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDENT
Organized multi-tasker effectively managing multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Three-year Proofreader with wide range of document style experience. Consistent and reliable.
  • Public policy background
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Community development
  • Creative problem solver
  • Inter-governmental and legislative relations
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Superb writer and editor
  • Time Management
English (Primary language) - Somali (Professional working proficiency) - Arabic (conversational and literate)
academic, Arabic, arbitration, agency, case manager, color, counseling, employee relations, English, forms, goal setting, group facilitation, HR, notes, Director, marketing, mediation, meetings, mail, progress, recording, reporting, Research, safety, phone, Transportation

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