Bustos Announces Intern Scholarship Program for Washington, D.C. Office

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a scholarship program for students seeking internships in her Washington, D.C. office. These scholarships are geared toward individuals who could not otherwise afford to travel to and reside in Washington and are limited to applicants who currently reside in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois or who have spent significant time residing in the district.

“Interns play a vital role supporting the work of our office and gain valuable public service experience learning the functions of Congress,” Rep. Bustos said. “This scholarship program will help provide students with the opportunity to start a career in public service in Washington who might otherwise not have considered it a possibility. I encourage all students who hope to expand their interest in public service to apply today.”

Interested students may click HERE to submit their application for the fall by the July, 19 deadline.


The Office of Congresswoman Bustos’ Internship Scholarship Program is intended for those who could not otherwise participate in a full-time, unpaid internship. The office considers a financial need to exist in specific circumstances such as: when an individual is eligible for a Pell Grant; when an individual or a person claiming the individual as a dependent is eligible for an Earned Income Tax Credit; when an individual or person claiming the individual as a dependent has an income at or below the federal poverty line; and other similar circumstances that may make an individual decline to accept an internship offer because the individual could not otherwise be able to intern with the Office. Veterans and others receiving Social Security disability payments are also considered eligible for the program.

At the end of last year, Congress passed the 2019 legislative branch appropriations bill which helped fund internships in both House and Senate offices.