The U.S. Senate Page Program exposes high school students to many interesting and challenging experiences. Students selected to participate spend a semester in Washington, D.C., working in the Senate, learning about the legislative branch and living on Capitol Hill. Living away from home and attending school with students from across the country allows Pages to experience a myriad of new ideas, perspectives and issues. Pages meet and work with some of the nation’s most prominent leaders and witness firsthand the political debates and legislative process in the Senate.
Pages play an important role in the daily operation of the Senate. Their shared responsibilities consist primarily of delivering correspondence and legislative material, taking messages for Senators, preparing the Chamber for Senate sessions and carrying bills and amendments to the desk.
There are four established Page sessions. The academic year consists of two semesters, the Fall and Spring Sessions. The Fall Session runs from early September through mid-January, and the Spring Session runs from mid-January through mid-June. The Summer Session is broken into two separate three to four-week sessions. Summer Session I starts in early June, and Summer Session II starts in early July.
There are only 30 Pages appointed in the Senate each semester and the privilege of making these appointments is based on seniority. Not all Senators are able to appoint Pages. Due to the limited number of positions and the volume of interested students, appointments to the Page Program are particularly competitive.
If you wish to apply for the Senate Page program through Gary’s office, you must be a Michigan resident, a high school junior, have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and be 16 or 17 years of age.
Michigan applicants will need to complete the online application and submit a cover letter, a listing of extracurricular activities, transcript and three letters of recommendation.