News from Congressman Westerman
Applications For Westerman Internships Due By March 2
*** This press release was previously distributed on January 28. Applications for internship positions will close in two weeks.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) announced Wednesday that he is seeking summer interns in both his Hot Springs and Washington offices.
“As a former Congressional intern through a Future Farmers of America fellowship, I know how important internships are in developing engaged citizens and future leaders in America,” Westerman said. “I am excited to welcome Fourth District interns to my Hot Springs and Washington offices and look forward to their contributions.”
In Washington D.C., interns’ responsibilities will vary. The Washington office will be hosting two policy interns during each summer session. They will be asked to interact with constituents, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings, answer constituent letters on various issues before the House, and other work to support the Fourth District’s office. As a result, interns will learn about the legislative process, and the many other functions of a congressional office.
The Washington office will also host a communications intern during one of the office’s two summer sessions. The communications intern, under the guidance of the press secretary and chief of staff, will be expected to interact with reporters, draft press releases, research legislation for the Member and communications team, assist with media clips, draft material for social media, develop and execute communications strategies, and attend hearings and briefings.
The Hot Springs office will host three policy interns. In this office, interns may be asked to do a variety of tasks, including day-to-day office work such as interacting with constituents, writing letters, and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent casework or on District-based projects that are of benefit to constituents.
Positions are unpaid, though students will gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students’ course schedules, but generally run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET/8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. Interns in both Washington and Hot Springs will be responsible for their own travel, housing and living costs.
While our office will prioritize candidates from the Fourth District and Arkansas, we will accept and review all applications. Washington internships are open to students with two years of college. Hot Springs internships are open to high school students who have completed their junior year, as well as college students.
Summer Session I will run from May 25 to June 26 and Summer Session II will run from June 29 to July 31.
To apply, please fill out the online application found at https://westerman.house.gov/services/internships/internship-form. The deadline to apply for Summer Sessions I and II is March 2, 2015.
For more information, contact internship coordinator Victoria Bell at 202-225-3772.