College and graduate students in South Carolina who want a front seat to governmental offices have the chance to intern with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC, this fall.
Applications for congressional internships in Scott's Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices are now open. The internship program, which runs September through mid-December, offers undergraduate and graduate students "practical experience in constituent services, the legislative process, government police and press," according to a news release.
Interns will work with and learn from public service professionals, gaining work experience and skills throughout the program that will build a better understanding of how their government functions.
In the South Carolina offices, interns will take an active role in the community, working on state-based projects, answering phones, completing research projects and being an integral part of day-to-day office operations. State office interns have the ability to assist with issues that are personally affecting South Carolina residents.
In the nation's capital, interns will research legislation, attend congressional hearings and briefings, help with press talks and assist with constituent letters on issues. Other responsibilities include answering phones, helping to coordinate meetings and completing other administrative tasks.
Washington, D.C., internships are paid unless the applicant instead chooses to receive school credit, and they are designed primarily for students who have completed at least two full years of college undergraduate coursework, according to Scott's website.
Interns are responsible for finding their own housing.
By the end of the program, students will have a stronger understanding of the lawmaking process and will have improved their communication writing skills and critical thinking abilities.
Internship hours are flexible to accommodate students' course schedules but can generally run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Applications must be received by July 15 and include a resume, references and interest statement.
Interested students can apply at https://www.scott.senate.gov/constituent-services/internships. For additional questions, contact the internship coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 224-6121.
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