While completing a homework assignment for an American and Wyoming Government class, Eastern Wyoming College sophomore Ben Nelson, Torrington, noticed a student section on the web page for Wyoming U.S. Senator John Barrasso. After reviewing the section he then found an application for an internship. “I thought to myself that this would be a great opportunity to learn, get more involved in current events and gain experience.”
Nelson shared his interest with instructor Ellen Creagar. “She encouraged me to apply and I did. It all happened really fast,” shared Nelson. The application required three personal essays, two letters of recommendation and a resume. “Mrs. Creagar and Mrs. (Annie) Hilton helped me with my essays and proofread my application.” Nelson had recently attended a Resume Workshop conducted by instructor John Hansen so he was all set on that aspect. Nelson faxed in all required materials on March 9th. He was interviewed on the phone on March 26th, and offered the internship on April 10th.
The internship is in Senator Barrasso’s Washington, DC office and begins on May 14th. “I expect to gain real work experience in an area I am deeply interested in – public policy and law. I hope I can use this as a springboard for further education and, eventually, a career,” added Nelson.
One of Nelson’s instructors, Ellen Creagar shared the following about Nelson’s internship. “Ben is a bright, curious, open-minded and very delightful young man. He is a model student in terms of in-class leadership and work ethic; he possesses a sense of perspective, humor and maturity which are so refreshing. As much as I will miss him at EWC, I am very excited for Ben to have this opportunity – our loss is Senator Barrasso’s gain!”
EWC Instructor Annie Hilton also helped Nelson with his application packet and added the following, “Ben’s academic abilities, combined with his strong sense of community, his interest in international issues, and his personal character make him a fantastic addition to the office of Senator Barrasso. Ben is very deserving of this opportunity. I am confident he will excel in this capacity.”
According to Senator Barrasso’s website, “The program provides Wyoming’s youth with a unique opportunity to view firsthand how our government operates. The history of Congressional Internships runs deep on Capitol Hill, and the program is an integral part of my Senate office. Young people from throughout Wyoming apply each year so that they may have the unique experience of witnessing our world’s greatest democracy in action.”
The internship program in Senator Barasso’s office consists of two four-month sessions in the Spring and Fall, and one three month session in the Summer.
In both Wyoming and D.C., interns will participate in a wide array of activities ranging from constituent relations to legislative research. In addition, interns are encouraged to enjoy the many other activities and events the area has to offer.
Applicants are generally college students, 21 years of age and older, from the State of Wyoming. Each intern is given a monthly stipend to help with living expenses. The Summer 2012 Intern session begins in May and lasts until August 10th.