Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee



Want to gain valuable work experience and learn about important issues facing the world, our country, our state, and our local communities? Check out Jim’s intern program for opportunities available in the Nashville and Washington, DC offices.

Internships are highly competitive. The majority of those selected are from Middle Tennessee, but in order to create a more vibrant environment for discussion and debate, we also accept students from all over the state, the U.S., and occasionally from abroad. The Cooper internship is well-known and unique. Work is rigorous, but fun, and includes daily reading and writing assignments, as well as weekly personal interaction with Jim. Applicants are chosen based on academic performance and writing samples. We do not ask applicants for their political affiliation. We strive to develop good citizens and leaders of all political persuasions.

Summer Session Dates:
​*Summer Session I: May 11 - June 19
*Summer Session II: June 22 – July 31

Application Deadline: Summer Session 2020 (May-August): March 6, 2020
Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Who is Eligible?
Individuals, regardless of nationality, who are currently enrolled in or have graduated from a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school.

How do I apply?
Submit a completed application along with a cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation by the deadline to the intern coordinators. You may find the application below. 

Are any of the internships paid?
Internships are unpaid. Starting in 2018, we have a limited number of paid fellowship opportunities available for the summer sessions.  Fellowships are need-based, and applicants must write a one-to-two page essay on why the fellowship is so important to them. 

Are there any other resources or scholarships available?
Here is a list of possible sources for you to consider. Remember to start with your school’s counselor who might have the best ideas!

Ready to apply? Click here to access to application.

E-mail one of our intern coordinators.
Cheryl Mayes (Nashville)
Maria Amalla (DC)


Summer Session 2020 (May-August): March 6, 2020

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.