Merkley Invites Oregon Students to Apply for 2023 Senate Page Program
WASHINGTON (KTVZ) — Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced Tuesday that he will be accepting applications for the U.S. Senate Page program for spring 2023.
From now until September 5, Oregon students entering their junior year of high school in the 2022-2023 school year have the opportunity to apply to be part of the Senate Page program in the spring. next.
Only 30 page positions are available among 100 senators, and this highly competitive Senate Page program provides students with first-hand experience of Senate operations. Pages play a vital role in the day-to-day work of the U.S. Senate by helping deliver correspondence, legislative materials, amendments, and bills around the Congressional Complex and during Congressional proceedings.
“To young leaders in Oregon who want to be informed and involved in the political process to create the change you want to see in the world, I encourage you to consider the Senate Page Program,” Merkley said. “Being a Senate Page is a unique opportunity to come to our nation’s capital and see firsthand the inner workings of Congress.”
Since 2017, Merkley has sponsored eight Senate Pages.
Senate Pages must be nominated and sponsored by a Senator. Unlike interns who work in senators’ offices, pages work for the entire Senate and spend a large portion of their days in the Senate. Pages receive a stipend, live in a dormitory near the Capitol, and attend classes in addition to performing their duties as Pages.
To be eligible to serve as a Senate Page, you must be:
- A high school student for the 2022-2023 school year;
- Between sixteen and eighteen years of age on the date of appointment (start date of the page session);
- A US citizen; and
- Able to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Interested participants should apply online and should upload the following:
- An official copy of your high school transcripts;
- A current curriculum vitae;
- A cover letter explaining why you want to be a Senate Page;
- A letter of recommendation from one of your professors;
- A letter of recommendation from a supervisor familiar with your work on the job or in voluntary service;
- A short essay (250-500 words) answering the question “Describe a major problem currently facing the United States and – if you were a US Senator from Oregon – how you would try to solve this problem.”
Click on HERE for more information on the page request process. For questions or assistance, please contact the Merkley office at 202-224-3753.