Congressional Internships

ACTION MEMORANDUM FOR ALL AAS/SW AREA AND REGION COMMANDERS AND PRESIDENTS: FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION TO ALL MEMBERS

SUBJECT: CAPITOL HILL INTERNSHIPS

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

1.  The AAS/SW Executive Management Center is accepting nominations for one or more Congressional Internships on Capitol Hill, working as staff members in either The United States House of Representatives or Senate.  This opportunity is open to civilian students and cadets.  Cadets that have applied for a Pentagon Internship may also apply for this program.  The suspense for applications is 1 March 2018 at midnight Pacific time.  Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

2.  Successful candidates will be required to live in the Washington DC metro area during these internships and must be able to participate without supplemental funding provided by the EMC (all costs will be borne by the individual.  These internships are open to all juniors and seniors enrolled in Silver Wings and Arnold Air Society including senior cadets graduating this summer who will be commissioned and awaiting entry into active duty.
NOTE: There is a possibility students may be funded partially or completely by the sponsoring office, allowing for reimbursement of some or all expenses; however, there is no assurance any funding will be offered.    
3.  THESE POSITIONS DO NOT REQUIRE A SECURITY CLEARANCE.
 
4.  These internships may include travel and will involve interaction with senior representatives of the federal government and their staffs.  They require impeccable dress and appearance and superior professionalism and communicative skills. 

5.  DUTIES
Congressional interns will assist the staff and elected official with a wide variety of tasks including drafting correspondence and handling constituent mail and phone calls and office schedules and special projects and events.  Interns may attend meetings, hearings and briefings and will be expected to remain informed about current legislative issues.  They may be asked to research issues and report findings to staff members and the elected representative.  

6.  While all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, students who reside or who attend school in states served by the sponsoring Representative may receive preference.
7.  SELECTION PROCESS
Successful candidates will be selected by the EDs following a phone interview and/or discussion with the applicable Detachment Commander and/or reference provided by the candidate.  An additional phone interview with a member of the sponsoring office may be required.  The following will be used to further evaluate individuals:
  • MANDATORY: Availability during the spring/summer/fall of 2018 for a minimum of six weeks (most offices run two internships during the summer)
  • MANDATORY: Availability in the Washington DC Metro Area with no funding for this program
  • MANDATORY: Eligible member of AAS/SW with dues paid in full when the application is submitted
  • MANDATORY: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or 2.75 cumulative for STEM areas of study, or equivalent
  • NOTE: A phone interview will probably be required for students under consideration; actual selection will be made by the sponsoring office 
Candidates will self nominate by sending the following information to mgmt.center@arnold-air.org NOT LATER THAN 1 March 2018 at midnight Pacific Time.  Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.  THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MUST BE SUBMITTED AS PART OF AN E-MAIL BODY AND NOT AS AN ATTACHMENT.  THE ONLY ATTACHMENT PERMITTED IS THE UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT.
  • NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS 
  • NAME OF COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, FIELD(S) OF STUDY, PROFICIENCY LEVEL (IF ANY) IN ANY FOREIGN LANGUAGE(S) AND GPA
  • CITY AND STATE HOME OF RECORD
  • PLANNED DATE OF GRADUATION
  • NAME OF CHAPTER OR SQUADRON AND LIST OF ANY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS HELD (IF ANY)
  • NAME, RANK, PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS OF AFFILIATED DETACHMENT COMMANDER
  • NAME, TITLE, PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS OF ONE REFERENCE WHO MAY VOUCH FOR ACADEMIC RECORD AND PERSONAL RELIABILITY
  • A STATEMENT PROVIDING THE DATES OF AVAILABILITY DURING THE SPRING/SUMMER/FALL PERIOD (SPECIFICS WILL BE WORKED OUT WITH THE SPONSORING AGENCY WHEN SELECTED) 
  • A 300 WORD OR LESS SUMMARY DESCRIBING WHY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE SELECTED FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AS PART OF THE BODY OF THE E-MAIL APPLICATION
  • A COPY OF AN UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT ATTACHED TO THE NOMINATING E-MAIL (THIS IS THE ONLY ATTACHMENT AUTHORIZED)
8.  These are highly prestigious internships; candidates will carry the reputation of AAS/SW forward with the sponsor.  All highly motivated, eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

//Signed DPW//12 January 2018//