An internship in Senator Ben Cardin's office provides an exciting educational and a behind-the-scenes look at the federal legislative process. Interns will provide basic assistance to the staff by sorting office mail, researching and summarizing proposed legislation, attending hearings and briefings, and drafting constituent correspondence and have the opportunity to interact with the Senator, his staff and constituents on a daily basis.

  • Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate-level students
  • Fall and spring applicants are required to work at least 16 hours per week
  • Summer internships are full-time positions
  • Marylanders will be given preference

The selection process is highly competitive. Prospective interns wishing to apply to the program must submit an internship application, a current resume with three references, two letters of recommendation, and two writing samples (writing sample requirements on internship application). An interview may be required as part of the process. It is recommended that you return your completed application as soon as possible.

Application deadlines are as follow:
Summer: March 15th
Fall Semester: July 15th
Spring Semester: November 15th


Capitol / Washington DC and State Office / Baltimore, MD

College and graduate student applicants for Washington, D.C. and State Office internships should e-mail their paperwork to Lucia Rodriguez at If you have any questions, please contact either Debbie Yamada or Lucia Rodriguez in Senator Cardin's Washington Office at (202) 224-4524. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION BY U.S. MAIL.

Marylanders will be given preference for summer internships.

State Office / Baltimore, MD

School-year internships are available in the Baltimore State office to high school seniors. Students must be participating in a school-sponsored work/study program, a credited course or senior work project. Applicants for Baltimore State office internships must submit a letter of interest, a current resume, and school requirements. An interview is required. Applicants should e-mail their applications to Carleton Atkinson at If you have any questions, please contact the State office at (410)-962-4436. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION BY U.S. MAIL.