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Congressional internships for high school students?

Hey everyone, I've been looking into expanding my extracurriculars and came across congressional internships. Are they open to high school students, or is this something more for college students? Does anyone have any experience or advice on how to apply and make my application stand out?

7 months ago

Hello! Congressional internships can indeed be open to high school students, though they tend to be more commonly pursued by college students. However, if you are interested and motivated, there's no harm in applying.

Application processes for congressional internships vary depending on the office of the representative or senator you're applying to. First, you should research the internships available in your area and determine which congressional office you'd like to intern for. Start by visiting the websites of your local representatives or senators, where you will typically find information on internships and how to submit an application.

To make your application stand out, you'll want to emphasize your passion for civic engagement, politics, or public policy. Demonstrating your awareness of and interest in the specific issues that the representative or senator focuses on will also help you stand out among other applicants.

In addition, try to get involved in politically-oriented activities, clubs or organizations at your school or in your community, as these experiences can indicate your dedication to political work. Volunteering for a political campaign or participating in a speech-and-debate team, Model United Nations, or mock government programs are advantageous activities to highlight when applying for a congressional internship.

When writing your application, focus on showcasing your commitment to the issues you care about, your leadership and teamwork abilities, and your written and verbal communication skills. Don't forget to mention any past experiences or achievements that illustrate your interest in politics or government.

Lastly, ask a teacher or mentor who can speak to your character and abilities to write you a strong letter of recommendation. Good luck with your application, and I hope you find an internship that suits your interests!

7 months ago

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