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.  The suspense for applications is 15 March 2017 at midnight Pacific time.

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...SEE NOTE BELOW FOR EXCEPTION).  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.  Students may apply for these internships under a "Funding Contingent Status" (see below for additional details) but since funding may not be available in all sponsoring offices, applying under this status may limit the likelihood of selection.  Students with questions should contact their Cadre Adviser or Brig Gen Woodward through the EMC ASAP.

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 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:

Candidates will self nominate by sending the following information to mgmt.center@arnold-air.org NOT LATER THAN 15 March 2017 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.

8.  These are highly prestigious internship; candidates will carry the reputation of AAS/SW forward with the sponsor.  All highly motivated, eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

//Signed DPW//1 March 2017//