SENATE PAGE PROGRAMINTRODUCTION
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.
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).
In order to be appointed as a Senate Page, a student must meet the following criteria:
**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.
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 subject to change:
· Spring 2023 Session - October 7, 2022
· Summer 2023 Session - February 10, 2023
· Fall 2023 Session - May 3, 2022
Interested candidates from BIPOC, LGBT+, working class, and/or other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply, and should contact Shayane Dalencourt-Simon or Juliana Fleming at 202-224-2742 for questions about candidate requirements, application materials, or deadlines.