Westerman Accepting Applications for Interns in D.C. and District Offices

January 28, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) announced Wednesday that he is seeking summer interns in both his Hot Springs and Washington offices.

"As a former Congressional intern through a Future Farmers of America fellowship, I know how important internships are in developing engaged citizens and future leaders in America," Westerman said. "I am excited to welcome Fourth District interns to my Hot Springs and Washington offices and look forward to their contributions."

In Washington D.C., interns' responsibilities will vary. The Washington office will be hosting two policy interns during each summer session. They will be asked to interact with constituents, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings, answer constituent letters on various issues before the House, and other work to support the Fourth District's office. As a result, interns will learn about the legislative process, and the many other functions of a congressional office.

The Washington office will also host a communications intern during one of the office's two summer sessions. The communications intern, under the guidance of the press secretary and chief of staff, will be expected to interact with reporters, draft press releases, research legislation for the Member and communications team, assist with media clips, draft material for social media, develop and execute communications strategies, and attend hearings and briefings.

The Hot Springs office will host three policy interns. In this office, interns may be asked to do a variety of tasks, including day-to-day office work such as interacting with constituents, writing letters, and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent casework or on District-based projects that are of benefit to constituents.

Positions are unpaid, though students will gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students' course schedules, but generally run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET/8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. Interns in both Washington and Hot Springs will be responsible for their own travel, housing and living costs.

While our office will prioritize candidates from the Fourth District and Arkansas, we will accept and review all applications. Washington internships are open to students with two years of college. Hot Springs internships are open to high school students who have completed their junior year, as well as college students.

Summer Session I will run from May 25 to June 26 and Summer Session II will run from June 29 to July 31.

To apply, please fill out the online application found at https://westerman.house.gov/services/internships/internship-form. The deadline to apply for Summer Sessions I and II is March 2, 2015.

For more information, contact internship coordinator Victoria Bell at 202-225-3772.

About Rep. Bruce Westerman

A lifelong resident of Garland County, Congressman Bruce Westerman was elected the 20th representative of Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District in 2014. In the 114th Congress, he will serve on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Elected twice to serve in the Arkansas General Assembly, Westerman was Arkansas's first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction, and an architect of the House Republican SIMPLE Plan which led to the 2013 Republican takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

An engineer and forester for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs, Westerman is a registered professional engineer and forester. He holds a Master of Forestry degree (2001) from Yale University. In 2013, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional of Engineers.

Westerman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1990. While at Arkansas, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback Football Team. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Westerman is a former board member of the Fountain Lake School District and is a deacon at Walnut Valley Baptist Church. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife Sharon and their four children.

For more information on Rep. Bruce Westerman, please visit https://westerman.house.gov and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RepWesterman and Facebook at https://facebook.com/RepWesterman.