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Information for Prospective Interns
I am always looking for people interested in an internship in either my Michigan or Capitol Hill offices. The perfect person would be pleasant on the phone, friendly to office visitors, and eager to assist my staff with projects and general office duties. Hours are flexible, but I ask that interns put in at least 12 hours a week. If you are interested, read on and complete the form.
To provide you with complete exposure to the workings of a Congressional office - which we hope will be an exciting experience!
Legislative Assistance: (For Washington, D.C. applicants) You will work with the legislative assistants whose assigned issues are of interest to you. A major responsibility will be helping Congressman Conyers answer constituent mail. Information for these responses is usually found by calling government agencies, departments and Congressional committees - thus increasing your understanding of the legislative process and how the federal government operates.
Also, you will have the opportunity to evaluate legislation and to draft statements for Representative Conyers. Opportunities in this area are limited only by your talents and efforts.
Special Research: You will choose a topic to research. Your findings may lead you to suggest legislation for introduction or to draft a statement for the "Congressional Record."
Casework Assistance: (For Detroit and Downriver applicants) duties include: greeting constituents, answering phones, screening calls & taking accurate phone messages, analyzing constituent mail, working with agencies to solve the problem, entering & tracking cases in my casework database, filing, and special projects.
Clerical and General Office Tasks: You will file, draft letters, run errands, sort mail, and help out with the telephones.
How to Apply
We offer spring, summer, and fall internships.
Please complete the application. The most basic requirement is that you communicate well. You will be expected to keep regular hours, do your own typing, and be politically aware. Additionally, a sense of humor helps to get through the sometimes hectic days in a Congressional office.
We are currently accepting applications for summer and fall internships.
We look forward to reviewing your application.
Admission to one of our nation's military academies, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is highly competitive and individuals nominated from the 14th Congressional District must meet the high standards set by the academy. While it is a difficult process, the rewards for those individuals that qualify are great.
To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must have a nomination from an authorized nominating source. Title 10, U.S. Code, establishes two nomination categories-congressional and military service-connected. Applicants who meet eligibility requirements may apply to receive nominations in both categories.
Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives may nominate applicants who meet the eligibility requirements established by law. Senators nominate from applicants in their entire state. Representatives nominate from applicants domiciled in their congressional districts. Applicants may also apply to the vice president of the United States who can nominate applicants at large. Applicants should apply to the service academy of their choice in the spring of their junior year in high school and request a nomination from the appropriate nomination source shortly thereafter.
If you have any additional questions, contact Yolonda Lipsey in my Detroit office by calling (313) 961-5670.
Information for Prospective Congressional Pages
Representative Conyers encourages students from Michigan to apply for this educational opportunity which allows juniors in high school to live with other Pages in a supervised dormitory, take classes at the Page School and be exposed to the legislative process. Pages assist legislators and their staff with daily activities such as answering the phones, setting up the House Floor and delivering important documents. Pages are compensated for their work.
Members of Congress are able to nominate a Page for the Congressional Page program in Washington, DC on a rotating basis. It will be posted the next time Congressman Conyers can nominate a page.
Eligibility requirements for the Congressional Page Program:
Must be a US Citizen
Must be a junior in high school
Must be at least 16 years old at the start of the program
Must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA (or an 85 if graded on the numerical scale) in the 9th and 10th grades
Please visit the US House of Representatives Page Program at http://pageprogram.house.gov/ for more information.