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INTERN IN SENATOR MARKEY'S Boston AND SPRINGFIELD OFFICE

 Senator Edward J. Markey’s Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts offices are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester. Our office seeks motivated interns to assist with constituent casework on a variety of issues, including immigration, health care, military/veterans, and housing. The office welcomes interns with any policy areas of interest who demonstrate a commitment to public service. Interns are assigned to work with staffers based on their areas of interest and experience. 

Intern Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing intake of constituent correspondence and casework.
  • Contacting federal agencies on behalf of constituents and relaying responses.
  • Assisting staff with administrative tasks and office operation.
  • Answering phone calls and assisting office visitors.
  • Attending and assisting with events.
  • Researching legislative initiatives and other short- and long-term research projects.

Qualifications: Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students who are self-motivated and possess strong writing, research, and interpersonal skills. Backgrounds in political science, international relations, environmental studies, and communications are all desirable but not required. Applicants should have a strong attention to detail, problem-solving ability, and an interest in public service. Ties to Massachusetts are strongly preferred.

Commitment & Credit: Internship opportunities are available on a full-time or part-time basis. School credit is possible if arranged and approved by the intern’s respective college or university.

Springfield Office: Applicants interested in interning in the Springfield office must be within a commutable distance of the office.

SPRINGFIELD

1550 Main Street 4th Floor

Springfield, MA 01103

Please also indicate that you are applying to the Springfield office in the subject line of your email or, if applying by mail, please indicate in your cover letter.

Paid internships are awarded to low income students or to those who may not otherwise be able to afford to live or work in Boston, Massachusetts. Eligible applicants may submit a 1-2 page essay describing challenges that they have faced in pursuing their educational goals and explaining how this internship will further their professional aspirations.

Pursuant to federal law, an individual may not be hired for a paid Senate position in the continental United States unless the individual meets one of the following criteria:

  • is a United States citizen;
  • is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • is (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
  • owes allegiance to the United States. (Note: To meet this requirement, an individual must be (1) a non-citizen U.S. national born in or having ties to American Samoa or Swains Island (as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1408), or (2) a non-citizen U.S. national pursuant to section 302 of Public Law 94-241 (relating to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)).

To apply (Boston or Springfield): Interested applicants should email their resume, cover letter, and short essay (if applying for a paid internship) to Intern_Boston@markey.senate.gov. In the subject line of your email, please indicate if you are applying to the Boston or Springfield office. Application materials may also be sent by mail to:  

ATTN: Nancy Afonso  

U.S. SENATOR EDWARD J. MARKEY

JFK Federal Building

15 New Sudbury Street

Boston, MA 02203               

Application Deadline for the Fall 2022 Internship Program is 6pm EST on Tuesday, August 6, 2022.

Intern IN senator markey's Washington D.C. Office

Senator Markey’s Washington DC office is currently accepting applications for interns for the Fall 2022.  Applications are due by 6pm EST on Tuesday July 26, 2022.  

Qualifications: Our internship program is directed towards current undergraduate and associate’s degree students. All applicants should be responsible self-starters who possess strong writing, research, and interpersonal skills. Backgrounds in political science, international relations, environmental studies, liberal arts, and communications are desirable but not required. Massachusetts ties are strongly preferred.

Commitment & Credit: Internship opportunities are available on a full-time or part-time basis. School credit is possible for all internships if arranged and approved by the intern’s respective college or university. Candidates may also apply for stipends, details listed below.Intern

Responsibilities Include:

·Corresponding with and serving Massachusetts constituents through tasks such as answering phones, responding to inquiries, and giving tours at the U.S. Capitol

• Assisting the Senator and staff in all areas of office operation

• Researching legislative initiatives and drafting replies to constituent inquiries

• Attending Senate committee hearings and briefings

• Assisting with a variety of legislative or communications projects

To apply: Interested students may submit their resume, a summary of why you are interested in the internship program (maximum 500 words), and a statement of financial need (if applicable, see “Stipends” section below) to Intern_Markey@markey.senate.gov with “Summer Internship Application” as the subject. Candidates from BIPOC, LGBT+, working class, and/or other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipends: Stipends are available to students who could not otherwise afford to live or work in Washington DC. Interns will receive a stipend at the pre-tax rate of $15 an hour.

In order to be eligible, please submit a statement describing how this stipend will allow you to pursue your educational goals and professional aspirations through this internship experience. This essay is reviewed separately from the internship application.Pursuant to federal law, an individual may not be hired for a paid Senate position in the continental United States unless the individual meets one of the following criteria:

·is a United States citizen;

·is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B);

·is (i) admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and (ii) has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or

·owes allegiance to the United States. (Note: To meet this requirement, an individual must be (1) a non-citizen U.S. national born in or having ties to American Samoa or Swains Island (as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1408), or (2) a non-citizen U.S. national pursuant to section 302 of Public Law 94-241 (relating to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). 


Senator Markey's office wants our internship program to be as accessible as possible. While we have limited funding to pay interns, there are external organizations that offer funding for congressional internships. We encourage applicants to consider:

THE UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM (USSYP)

INTRODUCTION

The United States Senate Page Program is managed by the Sergeant at Arms, the Secretary of the Senate and the party secretaries and receives appointments from member offices. The Office of Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) is looking to appoint a student to the United States Senate Page Program. Senate Pages play a crucial role in maintaining the fluidity of day-to-day U.S. Senate operations. The Senate Page Program is a truly unique experience, in which Pages are afforded the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of Congress, engage with some of the nation’s most prominent leaders, and bear witness to Senatorial debates that shape the national discourse and direct policy for generations to come, all while continuing their coursework. Please read the information below to learn more about the program and its requirements.

DUTIES OF A SENATE PAGE

The primary duties of a Page consist of delivering correspondence and legislative material throughout the Capitol and Senate office buildings, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions, working on the Senate floor to assist during roll call votes, and carrying bills and amendments to the desk. Additionally, Pages will take messages for Members and support Senators and staff during debates. These critical jobs ensure that Senate proceedings run smoothly and also give Pages an inside look at Senate affairs.Outside of Senatorial responsibilities, Pages must attend the United States Senate Page School. Courses are designed to complement high-school junior level coursework. Pages must take one course in each of the following disciplines: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. All are considered Honors level. The academic day will conclude approximately an hour before the Senate convenes (typically 9:45 a.m.). Pages will then report for duty to their respective cloakrooms and work until 4:00 p.m. or until the Senate adjourns for the day. The academic experience also includes multiple field trips to landmark sights in the D.C. and DMV (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) area. While not working, Pages have free time to socialize.Due to the rigorous schedule, prospective Pages should demonstrate maturity, personal responsibility, and time management skills. Appointed Pages must abide by a strict code of conduct established by the Page Program.

To learn more about the Senate Page School and academic experience, click here.

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

An appointed Senate Page will be paid at the equivalent of an annual salary of $29,823. This salary is determined/set by the (Senate Disbursing Office). During the Fall and Spring sessions, Pages are required to reside in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence located on Capitol Hill. The cost of room and board is $720 per month, which will be automatically deducted from their paycheck. 

The Webster Hall Staff includes a Program Director, Administrative Aide, and four proctors. The residence is separated into two floors, one designated for young women and the other for young men. Each room is fully furnished and houses three to five Pages. The complex includes a community day room for social activity. Laundry and kitchen facilities are provided (free of charge) within the building. Two meals per day are included with the price of rent. 

United States Capitol Police maintain a 24-hour security desk at the residence, requiring all individuals to present identification and all visitors to sign in. Webster Hall is also monitored by a security alarm system with all emergency and safety measures required by the District of Columbia present.

During the Summer sessions, additional Pages may be selected as commuters; other Pages may submit a request for alternate housing arrangements (must be submitted in writing by a parent/legal guardian). 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTSIn order to be appointed as a Senate Page, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 16 or 17 years of age on the date of appointment (Pages may not have turned eighteen)
  • Must be enrolled in junior year of high school 
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0/B if serving during the fall or spring semester
    • Students cannot stay in the program if their average falls below a “C” in any class  
  • Must be sponsored by a U.S. Senator 
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or subject to agreements of the Department of State 
    • Must have a Social Security Number
  • Must have a general health assessment completed by a licensed physician and a certification of immunization
  • Must be covered by health insurance
    • If not covered, students must enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program

**COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT**

All Senate Pages must be fully vaccinated by the time they arrive in Washington D.C. Also, please note that due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the 2022 sessions of the Page program are subject to change or cancellation.

APPLICATION DEADLINES/MATERIALS/SESSIONS

To be considered for a Senate Page position, applicants must submit a statement of interest consisting of a paragraph detailing why they would like to serve as a Senate Page and what they hope to learn from the experience. 

Each year, there are four established page sessions. The academic year consists of two semesters, which run in the fall from early September through late-January and, in the spring, from late-January through early-June. The summer program consists of two sessions, which are in June and July for three or four weeks in duration, depending on the legislative calendar.

Application deadlines for the page program are the same each year.

·         Summer Session - February 1

·         Fall Session - May 1

·         Spring Session - September 1

Interested candidates from BIPOC, LGBT+, working class, and/or other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply, and should contact Shayane Dalencourt-Simon or Sarah Wiener at 202-224-2742 for questions about candidate requirements, application materials, or deadlines.

For more information, please visit the Senate Page website here.