by Pam Zubeck
Students who want a first-hand look at how politics works should check out being an intern for Sen. Michael Bennet.
His office is now accepting internship applications from undergraduate students and recent graduates for his Washington and Colorado offices for the fall and spring semesters of the 2011-12 school year.
Interns can serve his his Washington office or his regional offices in Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Pueblo.
Washington interns attend hearings and briefings, research legislative issues, meet with congressional officials and staff, conduct U.S. Capitol tours and draft correspondence. They also assist with constituent services, such as helping people navigate the federal government, and represent Bennet at local meetings and events.
“Interns are an integral part of my office, providing important support to me and my staff as we work to serve Coloradans,” Bennet said in a statement. “Our Colorado and Washington internship programs provide great opportunities for young Coloradans to learn more about how government works and the significant issues facing Coloradans and all Americans and to gain hands-on experience serving their communities. An internship in one of my offices provides a good foundation of experience for any young person who will soon enter the job market, especially those who might be interested in a career in public service. I encourage anyone who is interested in helping me fix a broken Washington to apply.”
Apply here by Aug. 15 for the fall semester, and by Nov. 15 for the spring semester.
For more information, contact Rebeca Ontiveros-Chavez at Rebeca_Ontiveros-Chavez@bennet.senate.gov for the D.C program or Carlie Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Colorado program.