House Paid Internship Program

The Committee on House Administration adopted interim regulations for the House Paid Internship Program. Through the program, each Member is allocated $20,000 for the calendar year to pay interns in their Washington D.C. office. These funds are separate from the Member’s Representational Allowance (MRA) and will be disbursed by the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Each Member office is the respective employing authority of interns paid through the House Paid Internship Program. The Committee is committed to reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of these regulations at the end of this calendar year and will consider changes to the program at that time.

Interns paid through the House Paid Internship Program are subject to the same federal laws, House rules, regulations and training requirements as interns paid from the MRA.  Additionally, interns paid through the House Paid Internship Program must be part of a demonstrated education program and may not be employed by the Member for more than 120 calendar days.

Members may start paying interns from this fund beginning in the April 2019 pay period. For questions, please contact the Committee on House Administration Republican Office at (202) 225-8281.

Payroll Authorization Form can be found HERE.
Interim Regulations for the House Paid Internship Program can be found HERE

FAQs – House Paid Internship Program

Q: How do I enroll my office in the House Paid Internship Program? 
A: There is no enrollment process. You simply use the House Paid Internship Program Payroll Authorization Form when appointing an intern to be paid from this allowance. 

Q: Can a Member have unpaid interns?
A: Yes, use of MRA funds and House Paid Internship Program funds are at the discretion of the Member.

Q: Are interns paid through the House Paid Internship Program subject to the same rules as interns paid through the MRA?
A: Yes

Q: Are interns employed through the House Paid Internship Program able to be shared employees?
A: No.

Q: May interns employed through the House Paid Internship Program be compensated with additional MRA funds?
A: No

Q: May interns enrolled in the House Paid Internship Program also receive a stipend or compensation from an outside organization? 
A: Yes, they may as long as the internship is primarily of educational benefit, does not supplant the normal and regular duties of paid staff, and does not give an undue advantage to special interest groups. For further guidance, contact the Committee on Ethics at (202) 225-7103. 

Q: Do interns employed through the House Paid Internship Program take up a staff slot?
A: No.

Q: Can leadership offices, committees, or ECMOs use House Internship Program funds?
A: No, House Paid Internship Program funds are only available to Member offices.

Q: Are House Paid Internship Program funds separate from the MRA?
A: Yes, House Paid Internship Program funds are not reflected in the MRA.

Q: Can interns paid through the House Paid Internship Program get reimbursed for official expenses?
A: Yes, subject to applicable federal laws and House rules and regulations.

Q: Who is the employing authority of interns paid through the House Paid Internship Program?
A: The Member who authorizes employment via a payroll action form.

Q: Can House Paid Internship Program funds be used to employ an intern in a district office?
A: No.

Q: How much can I pay my intern per month through the House Paid Internship Program? 
A: Interns employed through this program cannot earn more than $1,800 per month and no more than $21,600 in a calendar year.

Q: Can Member offices compensate existing interns for work prior to the adoption of these regulations?
A: No.

Q: Can the interns I am currently paying using the MRA be paid by the House Paid Internship Program?
A: Yes, but the intern will have to be terminated from the MRA and reappointed to the House Paid Internship Program with the Payroll Authorization Form.