Last week, we submitted an open call for current and former congressional interns to tell us their stories of working on Capitol Hill. We got a lot of responses! Today, we’re publishing the first round of them. Some of the emails we got were positive. But as many of the emails allege, lots of issues remain—among them nonpayment for work, verbal abuse from members, staff, and constituents, and nepotism. It all raises the question of who gets to work in government and not be miserable while doing it. Don’t take it from us, though—see what they have to say for themselves. All of these stories are anonymous, for obvious reasons. They have been edited for clarity and to shield peoples’ identities. “The Congressman was frequently cruel to his staff” The internship in [Rep. Brad Sherman’s] office was unpaid, and each intern was required to work about 15 hours per week. The Congressman would visit the district about once every month, and so my job mostly consisted of reporting to his district staff and caseworkers, who were kind, generous, and hardworking. However, the Congressman was frequently cruel to his staff, and on more than one occasion I heard him verbally berating… Read full this story
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