Congressman accepting internship applications


There couldn’t be a better time to intern with local congressman Kevin McCarthy who represents California’s 23rd District that includes parts of Tulare (including Three Rivers), Kern, and Los Angeles counties and dozens of communities between Bakersfield and Three Rivers. McCarthy, who currently serves as the House Majority Leader, and his staff operate within the highest levels of influence and power in the federal government.

McCarthy credits his congressional internship three decades ago as his most valuable learning experience.

“Through my internship, I gained tremendous appreciation and understanding of public service,” he said. “That is why I am inviting all interested college students and recent graduates to apply for an internship in my offices this summer, since a congressional internship is one of those unique educational opportunities to learn about the federal  legislative process and work on issues important to our community.”

Applicants must possess good writing and computer skills, be enrolled in a college or recently graduated, and should have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Summer interns are responsible for their own expenses, including transportation and housing costs, and are eligible to receive a $1,500 stipend if they intern in both the district office in Bakersfield (two weeks) and the D.C. offices (six weeks).

Students are required to submit a resume and a 250-word essay detailing their interest and what they expect to learn.

Applicants may download the application on Congressman McCarthy’s website. Applications and supporting documents should be sent to Congressman McCarthy’s Bakersfield office at: 4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA  93309, or emailed to

Preference will be given to residents of the 23rd District. Early submission is advised but all applications must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, March 20.  

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