Aug 05 2014
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) announced that his office is seeking full or part-time interns to help staff in his Washington, D.C. and seven state offices during the 2014 fall semester.
“Working in a Senate office allows interns to experience what they’ve learned in school, acquiring firsthand knowledge of the legislative process and constituent services responsibilities. This is a great opportunity to do rewarding work on behalf of the people of Arkansas,” Boozman said.
The Washington intern program emphasizes both practical and educational aspects of working on Capitol Hill from the first-hand perspective. Interns participate in the daily operation of the Senate office, as well as attending both Committee hearings and watching floor proceedings from the Senate gallery.
Internships in Washington give students an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and the federal government by working closely with the legislative, communications and constituent services staff members. In addition, interns will provide constituents with private tours of the U.S. Capitol.
Students may also apply to serve in one of the state offices where each will have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about how a senator’s office provides constituent services, interacts with the community, and serves as a liaison to the Washington, D.C. office.
Interns in state office will work closely with staff to help individual constituents with casework, such as VA benefits, Social Security issues and Passports. Senator Boozman has seven state offices to serve the various regions of Arkansas—Lowell, Fort Smith, Mountain Home, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Stuttgart and El Dorado.
Interns will be able to receive academic credit for their work if they so choose depending on their college’s requirements for such credit. Students are required to receive academic credit if they accept an internship in one of the state offices. Priority is given to Arkansas students who have completed at least their sophomore year of college. The positions are unpaid.
The fall session dates are August 25th – December 19th for Washington and late August through early December depending on the academic calendar for the state offices.
Interested applicants should visit www.boozman.senate.gov and click on the “apply for an internship link.” The deadline to apply is Friday, August 15th.Questions should be directed to the intern coordinators, Clermon Acklin, in the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-4843 and Stacey Mattingly, in Arkansas at (479) 725-0400.