Cooper Expands Internship Program to Include Need-Based Paid Fellowships in Nashville and Washington

Feb 21, 2018
Press Release
Summer Internship Application Period is Open Until March 16

NASHVILLE – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced an expansion of his internship program and encouraged eligible college students to apply for new need-based, paid summer fellowships in his offices in Nashville and Washington.

Already well-known in both capital cities, Rep. Cooper’s robust internship program will now offer a limited number of need-based, paid fellowships to summer interns. Applicants who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of an unpaid internship opportunity due to financial need – and who can demonstrate that need in a two-page essay – are eligible to be awarded fellowships of $1,500 for a six-week period during the summer.

The deadline to apply for Rep. Cooper’s summer internship program is March 16. Apply here. 

“I’m proud to have one of the largest and most active internship programs in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Rep. Cooper said. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or something else. My hope is to develop good citizens and engaged leaders who care about Tennessee and our country.”

A group of community leaders will read all submitted essays and recommend students for the fellowships.

Internships are highly competitive. Rep. Cooper’s internship program is unique and generally has a large class – usually between 10 to 12 students per summer session at each office, so between 40 to 50 students from May until August. Work is rigorous but fun, and includes daily reading and writing assignments, along with regular interaction with Rep. Cooper.

Applicants are chosen based on academic performance and writing samples. The office does not ask applicants for political affiliation. Interested students may click here for further information.