Senator Rick Santorum - PA

Internships

Dear Potential Intern,

Throughout the year, each of my offices conducts a thorough internship program.   An opportunity is provided for each intern to design the program to meet his or her interests, such as earning academic credit and/or working in a specific area of interest (i.e. Military Affairs, Communications, Community and Economic Affairs, etc.).   The program is a unique opportunity to receive practical experience in national affairs and the Federal Government.

Interns are a valuable resource to all offices.  The program sharpens an intern's interest in politics -- allowing him or her to apply knowledge gained in the classroom.  No matter what field you decide to pursue, internship experiences are an essential foundation to a career.

In a Senate Office, the pace is extremely fast -- be prepared to meet a new challenge every day!


    Sincerely,

    Rick Santorum
    United States Senator

The Internship


The internship program is quite diverse.  In the Washington Office, interns engage in the legislative process; in the State Offices, interns address constituent and public relations.

Among the typical duties that past and present interns have described:
  • Drafting correspondence to constituents and various government agencies and officials
  • Researching legislation
  • Observing Committee hearings
  • Attending social events with staff members
  • Assisting with constituent casework and press relations
  • Working with local community and business leaders
What a previous intern has to say about the program:

"The benefits gained from being an intern for Senator Santorum are vast.   By applying my own political strengths and by learning all aspects of the federal government, I have sharpened my interests and assisted the people of Pennsylvania."
-- Lesley Albanese


 

Eligibility
Applicants for The Rick Santorum Senate Internship Program must meet the following criteria:
  1. The applicant must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.  (NOTE: preference will be given to applicants who are enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level).
  2. The applicant must be available to work at least two full days per week.  (Four to five days per week is recommended).
  3. The applicant must be available for an interview.

 

Application Process


Summer: April 1
Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15

*Applications must be received by these dates.

Applicants must complete the Rick Santorum Senate Internship Application Form, which is available in each office.  To receive the application form, please contact the appropriate office (click here for a list of state office locations), by phone or mail, or click here for an application you can download and send via US mail. (You'll need Adobe Acrobat to view this file.)

With the application form, applicants must enclose:
  1. A current resume.
  2. Two writing samples, which display the applicant's ability to express himself/herself and to think critically.
  3. A letter of recommendation from either a non-related local community, business, or cultural leader who knows the applicant personally; or an elected official who knows the applicant personally.
  4. A letter of recommendation from an academic dean or faculty member.
  5. A copy of the applicant's most recent transcript.