Senator Mark Warner (D) was first elected to the United States Senate in 2008, and he currently serves as Virginia’s senior senator. He serves on the Senate’s Finance, Banking, Budget, Rules, and Intelligence committees. Prior to his election as U.S. Senator, Mark Warner served as the Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006.
Senator Tim Kaine (D) was elected to the United States Senate in 2012. He serves on the Senate’s Armed Services, Budget, and Foreign Relations committees. Senator Kaine also serves on the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging. Prior to his election as U.S. Senator, Tim Kaine served as the Governor of Virginia from 2006-2010.
Representative Rob Wittman (R) has served the 1st Congressional District of Virginia since December 2007, and was re-elected for his fourth full term in the House of Representatives in November 2014. He is a member of the Committee on Armed Services, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness and is a member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. Congressman Wittman is also a member of the Committee on Natural Resources, where he serves on the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. He is the Cochairman of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus and Cochairman of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus. Interns from the 1st Congressional District are preferred.
The 1st Congressional District is often referred to as “America’s First District” as it includes Jamestown. Located on the eastern side of the state, the district stretches in a southeasterly direction from Fauquier County to Newport News. The district includes Fredericksburg, the Northern Neck, Williamsburg and portions of Hampton and Newport News. The district is steeped in military culture with several military installations within its borders. Along with the Department of Defense, NASA is a major employer in the district. The district borders the Chesapeake Bay and has a major commercial seafood industry. With its national parks and many historic areas combined with the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay, tourism is also a thriving industry in the 1st District.
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R) has represented Virginia’s 6th Congressional District since his election to Congress in 1992. He is Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. Congressman Goodlatte also is a member of the Committee on Agriculture, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, and the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture. Based on the Congressman’s past role with the Committee on Agriculture and the agricultural industry in the district, it is preferred that the intern be a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Virginia’s 6th Congressional District is very diverse stretching from Roanoke and Lynchburg to Harrisonburg. The main industry in the district is agriculture, especially apple and turkey farming. The Norfolk Southern Railway is headquartered in the 6th District. The 6th District is also home to a large number of colleges and universities.
Representative Don Beyer (D) represents the 8th Congressional District of Virginia. He was elected to Congress in 2014 and is serving his first term in the House of Representatives. Congressman Beyer is a member the Committee on Natural Resources, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands and the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. Congressman Beyer is also a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Space and the Subcommittee on Environment. Interns from the 8th Congressional District are required.
The 8th District is located in the heart of Northern Virginia. The district includes the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Arlington County, and portions of Fairfax County. Like the neighboring 10th District, the 8th District is home to thousands of federal employees and is an area known as a hub for federal research and development. With the Pentagon located within its borders, the 8th District is also home to a booming high-tech sector, especially in the defense industry.
Representative Morgan Griffith (R) represents the 9th Congressional District of Virginia, including Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. He was elected to Congress in 2010 and is currently serving his third term in the House of Representatives. He is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Health; Subcommittee on Energy and Power; and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Interns from the 9th Congressional District are preferred.
The 9th Congressional District is located in Southwest Virginia, parts of the Allegany Highlands and Southside Virginia. The district includes the cities of Bristol, Galax, Radford, Norton, and portions of Roanoke. For generations the backbone of the 9th district’s economy was in farming, coal mining and textiles. The coal industry is still a powerful driver of the district’s economy. Facing the challenges of a changing economy the 9th District is looking to strengthen its economy through the development of new export markets for the products of Southwest Virginia, for example, agricultural products, notably forest products. With its beautiful scenery, recreational areas and low cost of living the district is working to attract smaller high-tech firms, international businesses, and increase tourism.
Representative Barbara Comstock (R) represents the 10th Congressional District of Virginia. She was elected to Congress in 2014 and is serving her first term in Congress. Representative Comstock serves on the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, where she serves on the Subcommittee on Aviation; the Subcommittee on Economic Development; and the Subcommittee on Highways. Representative Comstock is also a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where she serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Energy; and the Chair of the Subcommittee on Research & Technology. Representative Comstock also serves on the Committee on House Administration. Interns from the 10th Congressional District are preferred.
The 10th District is very diverse stretching from McLean to Winchester. The district is home to thousands of federal employees. Technology, agriculture and manufacturing play important roles in the 10th District’s economy. With its many national parks, tourism is also an important industry.
Representative Gerry Connolly (D) represents the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. He was elected to Congress in 2008 and is serving in his fourth term in the House of Representatives. Congressman Connolly serves on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where he is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Government Operations and also serves on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs. Congressman Connolly is also on the Committee on Foreign Affairs serving on the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Interns from the 11th Congressional District are preferred.
The 11th District encompasses the City of Fairfax, most of Fairfax County and most of Prince William County. The district includes the towns of Herndon, Dumfries, Occoquan, and Vienna. The district is home to thousands of federal employees and members of the armed forces. Industries in the district include construction, manufacturing, retail trade, finance, insurance, real estate, educational services, health care, accommodation and food service. The 11th District is considered to be one of the wealthiest districts in the nation.
The Budget Committee is one of the Senate’s newer committees, created by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. The 1974 Act established the House and Senate Budget Committees with the mandate of publicly presenting and adopting a Congressional budget to manage the nation’s finances and establish a concrete fiscal vision. Thus, the Committee is responsible for drafting budget plans for Congress and for monitoring and enforcing rules surrounding spending, revenue, and the federal budget.
The Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the United States Congress, and is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. The Committee derives a large share of its jurisdiction from Article I, Section VII of the U.S. Constitution which declares, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” The Committee has jurisdiction over revenue and related issues such as tariffs, reciprocal trade agreements, and the bonded debt of the United States. Revenue-related aspects of the Social Security system, Medicare, and social services programs have come within Ways and Means’ purview in the 20th century.
The Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (VOIA) represents the Governor of Virginia in Washington, D.C., serving as the liaison between the Commonwealth and the United States Congress; the White House; federal agencies; and other states and territories—facilitating communication with the Governor. The D.C. office also coordinates with state agencies to develop the state’s federal priorities, and appropriations requests; by producing a summary of issues to distribute to the Virginia Congressional Delegation.
The Intergovernmental Affairs office also monitors federal legislative issues and advocates on behalf of the Commonwealth. The office works with state policy advisors to determine how federal legislation will impact state programs and priorities; and advocate for what is best for the Commonwealth and local programs.
Additionally, the Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs helps to identify federal grant opportunities for the Commonwealth and assists in efforts to get new federal grants or continue current grant opportunities.
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. The association's work is furthered by an active and effective advocacy arm that works with Congress and the administration as well as the media to advance federal policies that strengthen public universities and benefit the students they serve.
Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in 21 U.S. offices, as well as Bogota and Mexico City. The firm provides representation in a number of areas, including litigation, business, real estate, governmental law, the environment, transportation, and public policy and regulation. The internship position is located in the Washington, D.C., office and is focused on government relations.
The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy and education think tank that studies and applies leadership lessons from past experiences in American history to critical national challenges and opportunities facing America today. Center internships offer students the opportunity to learn firsthand about domestic and international issues confronting the Presidency and Congress today. Intern responsibilities may include: working with experienced policymakers and former government officials; conducting research; helping to organize meetings with executive and legislative officials, the media, and others; and assisting with conferences, publications and other outreach efforts. The Center’s office is located in Washington, D.C.