WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that his Washington, D.C. and Iowa offices are now accepting internship applications for Spring 2013.

Interns assist the staff in casework, legislative research, and in the press department working in a variety of policy areas.  Responsibilities include performing office duties, writing and researching current legislative issues, and acting as general support to the Senator’s staff. Internships are designed for college undergraduates, students seeking a masters or law degree, and recent graduates.

“As a former intern, I know that the experience provided to me by Representative Neal Smith in the House of Representatives was invaluable. It gave me a unique, hands-on education on how government operates and was the start of my political career,” Harkin said. “Whether you are interested in working on Capitol Hill or in Iowa – there’s no shortage of opportunity to make a difference and do good work for our state. I encourage young men and women interested in public service to apply for an internship in any of my offices.”

Part-time and full-time internships are available in Harkin’s Washington, D.C. personal office, on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that Harkin chairs, and in his five Iowa offices (Des Moines, Davenport, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City).  The deadline for submitting an application is October 15, 2012.

Students who are interested in becoming an intern can apply via the web at http://harkin-press.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=2100095042.12729.278&gen=1&mailing_linkid=75696.  Questions can also be directed to the Intern Coordinator in Harkin’s Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3254.  Senator Harkin also recorded a video about the benefits of interning in his office.