Both Senate and House offer page and internship opportunities. Normally, each party (Democrat and Republican) offers these openings separately.
What page and intern programs have in common:
Both programs operate year-round.
Both programs seek college students.
Both programs are quite flexible on scheduling, understanding college or other work obligations.
Opportunities can range from several weeks to about one year.
Frequent majors of successful pages or interns include political science, pre-law, psychology, or communications. Those with other majors are also encouraged to apply, including architecture, computer science, journalism, etc..
Specifics of the page program:
Pages are paid, currently $7.50 hourly.
Pages are expected to work about 20 hours a week.
To be a page, applicants must currently be enrolled in a college program. (Note: quarters or semesters between classes such as summer are acceptable as long as the education is continuing.)
Pages tend to be given “go-for” opportunities as opposed to being assigned to only one office.
Specifics of the intern program:
Interns do not receive pay or compensation of any kind.
Interns may be college graduates as well as college students.
Most House or Senate interns are assigned to one office. Duties vary according to office needs, but they commonly include answering phones, clerical work or attending meetings.
Because of the volunteer nature of this program, the number of hours for internships and days of the week is generally extremely flexible, though a schedule should be agreed to.
RSC has received interest from both Senate and House to process potential pages and interns who are RSC consumers.
Interested consumers should call the Office of Legislative Affairs at 614.752.9228 or email Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org
A cover letter and resume are encouraged after initial contact, if the applicant remains interested, and a meeting is encouraged. While the programs do not require letters of recommendation, these are also encouraged. Those found suitable by Senate or House staff will sign notarized releases for a security background check.