WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has announced that he is accepting applications for congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices for summer 2013.
“Congressional internships offer Kansas students a great opportunity to learn about Congress and the legislative process,” Sen. Moran said. “I hope to give Kansans an opportunity similar to the one I had serving in a Congressional office years ago.”
An internship in Senator Moran’s office provides a unique opportunity to work closely with Senate staff on behalf of the state of Kansas. Interns will gain a better understanding of the legislative process in the U.S. Congress and develop knowledge and professional skills valuable to future career pursuits.
The Intern Program is open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students who have strong interest in public service and government and have achieved academic excellence. While preference is given to Kansas residents, students from all states are encouraged to apply.
The application deadline for summer 2013 internships is March 1, 2013. Application forms can be obtained and completed under the “Services” section of Sen. Moran’s website at www.moran.senate.gov. Applicants should submit a completed application form, resume, academic transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in public service and goals of serving as an intern. Please submit required materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, please contact Sen. Moran’s office at email@example.com or call (202) 224-6521 and request to speak with the Intern Coordinator.
Mitchell Rucker, a 19-year-old student at Kansas University, is currently completing an internship in Sen. Moran's Washington office.
Rucker was born and raised in Burdett.
The Globe spoke with Rucker by phone Friday to discuss the internship program.
"I had a friend who interned for Sen. Moran last spring," Rucker said, "And I had met Sen. Moran and have great respect for him, so I signed up."
Rucker's internship will last the entire 5-month spring semester.
While in Washington, Rucker continues his education with a direct reading program from his KU curriculum. Rucker is double-majoring in political science and economics with a minor in math.
During the day, Rucker answers phone calls, letters and e-mails from Sen. Moran's constituents. He also attends briefings and meetings around Washington.
Rucker lives in housing provided through KU, sharing the experience with other interns from KU, Kansas State University and Wichita State University.
"This is my first time in a big city, so I'm spending my free time seeing the sights and exploring Washington," Rucker said.
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