Senator Brownsberger Announces Summer 2017 Internships

Senator Will Brownsberger has announced that up to four part-time unpaid internships will be available in his State House office to students from the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex District for the summer of 2017. Internships are open to undergraduate college students and high school students who will have completed their sophomore year. All applicants must have a permanent residence or attend school in the Senator’s district. Internships require a commitment of 8-10 hours a week for a minimum of five weeks, with possible added research work outside of scheduled hours.

A cover letter and resume should be sent to Andrew Bettinelli, at, or mailed to Senator William Brownsberger, State House Room 504, Boston, MA 02133. The application deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017. Interviews will be conducted in March and applicants will be notified of their status by April 14.

Legislative internships offer students a variety of experiences, including policy research, constituent services, legislation monitoring, and budget tracking. Daily seminars on different aspects of state government are scheduled by the Senate.

5 replies on “Senator Brownsberger Announces Summer 2017 Internships”

  1. So, here was a portion of your argument in support of the legislative pay raises:

    “These important positions should be attractive enough that there is vibrant competition to fill them. Many voters would say that they don’t feel that they consistently have good options. Every two years (four years for the statewide offices), these seats are open, but there is often only one candidate. To some extent the lack of competition reflects satisfaction with the performance of incumbents and/or recognition of the power of incumbency, but it also suggests that the compensation offered is often inadequate to attract people.”

    And yet, you are taking applications for UNPAID internships. Do you see an issue with this?

    1. Ryan, That was my reaction. Today’s Globe had an article about DeLeo wondering where he can get money for early ed. He had no trouble finding $18MIL for pay raises.

        1. When suppliers sell you products, who pays the money? This is a training opportunity, and thus if you do apply, you would be considered as a consumer. The program does not require you to pay money in order to participate, when most other ones will; expecting a “wage” would therefore be unreasonable.

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