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Capitol Visitor Center

Artist's rendition of the Capitol Visitor Center
Artist's rendition of the Capitol Visitor Center

Your visit to the historic U.S. Capitol begins as you enter the Capitol Visitor Center.  With its soaring spaces and skylight views of the Capitol dome, the Visitor Center welcomes you on a journey of discovery.  The Capitol is home to the U.S. Congress and its two legislative bodies, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.  Through films, exhibits, and tours, you will learn about how Congress works, how this magnificent building was built, and how citizens can participate in this extraordinary experiment called representative democracy.


The Capitol Visitor Center, the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol, is located below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues.

The Visitor Center is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  It is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Inauguration Day.

Official Business:  Visitors with official business appointments may enter the Visitor Center as early as 7:15 a.m.

For more information, go to the Capitol Visitor Center Web site.


Senate Employment

*Senator-elect Resume Submission

The Placement Office assists Senators and Senate Committees with filling entry-level through professional staff vacancies by providing, upon request, resumes of qualified candidates. The Office is nonpartisan and funded by the United States Senate.

Resume Bank -- Please complete the following steps to become registered with the Senate Placement Office Resume Bank:

  • Open, type, and print the Senate Employment Application Form.   (This form is a fillable Adobe Acrobat  PDF file).

  • Submit your completed Senate Employment Application Form and resume to the Senate Placement Office, SH-116, Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510 during our walk-in hours, Monday–Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm. No appointment necessary.

For more information regarding the Resume Bank registration process, please consult the the Placement Brochure.

Job Listing -- The Placement Office publishes a weekly Senate Employment Bulletin as a resource for Senate offices wishing to advertise staff vacancies.   Each Senate office is an independent employer and responsible for candidate screening, interviewing and selection, as well as job requirements, compensation, and conditions of employment. The Placement Office does not possess hiring authority, nor does it control salaries or job requirements.

The United States Senate is an equal opportunity employer.


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