January 20, 2010
Students selected complete an internship in the nation’s capital with a congressperson or senator for a semester.
Texas Tech has named 14 students to serve as congressional interns during the Spring 2010 semester.
To become a congressional intern, students go through a vigorous process of applications and interviews. The program receives more than 50 applications in a given semester, and chooses between 10 and 14 students to participate.
The program is offered every fall and spring semester. Interns live and work in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the semester they are chosen.
The interns work 40-50 hours per week and are not paid. They are placed in either a Congressperson or Senator's office based on the intern's political leans, issue interests, personality, hometown and abilities.
The Office of the President at Texas Tech sponsors and provides the scholarships for the internship program. As participants in the program, students observe how the government functions.
“The Texas Tech Government and Public Service Internship Program has a great reputation in D.C.,” said President Guy Bailey. “We really appreciate our legislators for providing this opportunity for our students and allowing them to participate in this unique experience. In many cases, our program has been a life-changing experience for these students.”
More information about Texas Tech’s internship program is available at http://www.congressionalintern.ttu.edu.
Kate Meriwether, a spring 2009 congressional intern, said that while the process to become an intern is difficult, it was one of her favorite college experiences. Meriwether interned with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and handled press relations in her office. This included writing press releases and advisories.
While in Washington, D.C., Meriwether also attended Barack Obama's inauguration and toured the White House and the Pentagon.