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Here you will also find information about internship applications, State House Tours, citation requests, and press inquiries.

Apply for an internship with Senator Jehlen Housing Internship: Winter/Spring 2018

Senator Jehlen’s office is currently looking for one intern to complete a research project on housing and affordability. This project will involve extensive research into housing affordability and the history, successes, and failures of government and community interventions aimed at increasing access to housing.

  • The intern will work with staff to design the scope of research and a research plan.
  • The intern will present regular updates throughout the internship.
  • The intern can take significant ownership over the research and where it leads.
  • At the completion of research, the intern will present their findings to the senator and staff.

Candidates with a background in researching or working on housing policy is preferred.
A resume can be submitted to Communications Director Tara Smith at, with a cover letter describing the applicant’s background on this issue.

State House Tours State House Tours

The Secretary of the Commonwealth's office offers free tours of the Massachusetts State House. Tours are available weekdays from 10:00AM to 3:30PM and last approximately 30-45 minutes. It is requested that tours be scheduled in advance, so feel free to reach out to our office with any questions or contact the tours desk directly at (617) 727-3676. More information can be found on the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website here.

Apply for an internship with Senator Jehlen Internship Opportunities for Fall 2017

The Office of State Senator Patricia Jehlen

Internship Description

Senator Jehlen’s office is currently seeking applicants for internships for the fall of 2017. Interns will learn the day-to-day functions of a legislative office while also having the opportunity to assist with communications, legislation, and constituent services. Although all internships in Senator Jehlen’s office are unpaid, interns gain crucial experience by working in government, on policy, and gathering experiences through the various roles they take on.
Responsibilities Will Include:
Office Management

  • Answering phones and transferring to the appropriate staffer
  • Greeting visitors
  • Entering data into a constituent services database
  • Attending events and note taking

Responsibilities may also include (depending on personal goals and office needs):

  • Draft constituent response letters, press releases, and op-ed pieces
  • Maintain press clippings
  • Staff and photograph events
  • Build social media calendars


  • Research policy & legislation
  • Draft fact sheets & testimony
  • Attending hearings, briefings, and Senate sessions

Constituent Services

  • Assist constituents in understanding and accessing government services

Internships in Senator Jehlen’s office may be different based on the intern’s goals, and we are very open to working with each intern to craft an individualized experience for them. Although each internship will have certain basic responsibilities, the scope of each internship is subject to discussion.
Interns should have a passion for public policy and a knack for taking initiative. Seeking undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates only. Please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like to intern with the Senator’s office to Tara Smith at