Working as an intern for a United States senator is a coveted job that entails performing a wide range of duties. Interns get an intimate look at how the Senate operates while doing tasks such as running errands, handling phone calls, copying documents and working on special projects. An intern is expected to perform other tasks as needed.
A staff assistant provides assistance to senior level staff members in much the same way as interns. The difference is staff assistants are given more responsibility than interns. In this entry-level role, staff assistants can work their way up to a position as a legislative correspondent. In the role of a legislative correspondent, Senate staff members respond in writing or by phone to concerns and questions from citizens and interest groups. This position requires research and good communication and writing skills.
A caseworker is responsible for preparing reply letters for a member of the Senate to sign in response to constituent requests. Caseworkers may also spend time resolving specific issues constituents have involving government agencies. A Senate press secretary works closely with a Senate member to communicate his views on a variety of subjects to the media and general public. The staff scheduler keeps track of the member's busy schedule. Duties include arranging speaking engagements and travel plans.