Internship Program Summary/Instructions
Each year I am able offer a limited number of internship opportunities in my Reading Office as budget and space allow. I firmly believe that gaining hands-on, real-world experience is an integral part of a student’s education. Therefore, I attempt to make internships in my offices challenging and interesting for students.
Because I receive many applications for internships, the application process can be competitive. As such, it is important that you provide a complete packet of application materials as outlined below. As part of the applicant review process, you may be asked to come in for a personal interview.
Applications for 2023 summer internships must be received by April 16, 2023. We will begin conducting interviews in early May.
In addition to the internship application, prospective applicants need to submit:
- A resume & cover letter
- One letter of recommendation; and,
- A short writing sample (college research paper is acceptable)
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the responsibilities of an intern?
Interns in my Reading Office will be given the opportunity to gain practical experience in government and politics. The intern’s duties include: researching legislation, policy, and issues; interacting with the general public, government professionals, and business leaders; helping constituents solve problems with state government; drafting letters and other correspondence and communications; attending legislative and local meetings in Reading; and, general administrative duties.
Do interns need to be enrolled in political science/government-related majors?
While many students who apply for internships are indeed political science/government majors, it is not a requirement for the internship. The internship experience is relevant and beneficial to students enrolled in a wide range of majors, including business, communications, human services, and the sciences.
Is academic credit granted for the internship?
The requirements for securing academic credit for an internship are set by the school the student attends. My staff and I will certainly work with the intern and school officials to provide any relevant information, evaluation, and verification needed to allow the student to fulfill the requirements of an internship.
Can high school students apply for an internship?
High school students are welcome to apply for an internship. While the tasks interns are expected to perform are at or beyond college level, highly-motivated high school students who demonstrate an high level of maturity and interest should be able to handle the work and will find the opportunity rewarding.