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Information on Senate Page Program:                                                                                                             

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 U.S. Senate, learning about the legislative branch, and living on Capitol Hill. Living away from home and attending school with students from across the country allow 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 U.S. Senate.

Pages play an important role in the daily operation of the U.S. Senate. Their shared responsibilities consist primarily of delivering correspondence and legislative material, taking message 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 Page Program is broken in to two three to four week sessions. Summer Session I starts in early June and Summer Session II starts in early July.

General Information on the Summer Program:

The eligibility of the summer page program is limited to students who are 16 or 17 years of age and entering their junior or senior year of high school. Certification of immunization and general health assessment completed by a licensed physician are required. Pages are required to be covered by health insurance; if they do not have coverage, they must enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Pages are paid an annual salary of $12,597. Pages must be citizens of the United States or subject to agreements of the Department of State, and must have a social security number.

Unfortunately there is limited space in the Daniel Webster Page Residence Hall. Summer pages may also live with parents or a relative in the area; all alternate housing arrangements must be approved in writing by the parents or legal guardian.

If a summer page elects to live in the Daniel Webster Page Residence Hall, the cost of living in Webster Hall is $450 per month and includes breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday. Payment is made through payroll deduction. An initial security deposit of $250 is required when checking in and is refundable when it has been determined that no damage has occurred to the residence.

Webster Hall is located at 300 4th Street in Northeast D.C., two blocks from the Hart Senate Office Building. Staff includes four proctors, who reside within the building, and two day staff members. Two floors encompass the living quarters, one of which is designated for young women, the other for young men. Each floor has a community day room for social activity.

Pages must share rooms with each other. Each room is designed for four to six occupants and is furnished with twin size bunk or loft style beds, desks, chairs, and bureaus. Each room has closet space, a private bath, and a telephone, which is shared by the Pages. Laundry facilities are provided within the building.

United States Capitol Police maintain a 24-hour security desk and a provision that requires all individuals to present identification and all visitors and guests to sign in. Capitol Police patrol the area by car and foot regularly throughout the day and night. Webster Hall is monitored by a security alarm system and all emergency and safety measures required by the District of Columbia for community life structures are present and enforced.

Senate Page dress requirements for men are navy blue pants, white long-sleeve shirt, dark blue tie, and black shoes and socks. Women are required to wear navy blue slacks, white long-sleeve blouses, dark blue tie, black shoes and dark socks or nylons. Pages are expected to fulfill their own dress requirements.

Senate Pages must be sponsored by a Senator. There are thirty Page positions in the United States Senate which serve its one hundred Members, therefore not all of the Senators are able to appoint Pages. Due to the limited number of positions available and the large pool of interested students, competition to become a Page is keen and, unfortunately, not all of those students who desire a position can be accommodated.

How to apply:

If you wish to apply for the Senate Page program through Senator Peters 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 below and submit a cover letter, a listing of extracurricular activities, transcript and three letters of recommendation.

Fall Session – The application deadline is June 1
Spring Session – The application deadline is October 1.
Summer Session – The application deadline is February 1.