Rep. Kevin McCarthy looking for summer interns

Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives who began his public service as a congressional intern, has issued a call for applications to summer internships in his office.

“This is an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand about our nation’s legislative process, as well as to work to assist the people of California’s 22nd District,” McCarthy wrote in a news release. “I invite all interested college students and recent graduates to apply.”

According to McCarthy’s office, applicants must possess good writing and computer skills, be enrolled in college or recent graduates, and should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

McCarthy will give preference to residents of California’s 22nd Congressional District, which includes most of Kern and San Luis Obispo counties and part of Los Angeles County.

Summer interns are responsible for their expenses, including transportation and lodging costs, but will receive a $1,500 stipend, before taxes.

During the eight-week session, an intern will typically spend two weeks in the Bakersfield or Atascadero district office followed by six weeks in the Washington, D.C., office.

Interested students should call the Bakersfield office at 661-327-3611 or the Washington, D.C., office at 202-225-2915 to request an application.

Students also must submit a résumé and a 250-word essay detailing their interest in the summer internship program and what they expect to learn from the experience.

Applications and supporting documents should be sent to McCarthy’s Bakersfield office at: 4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA 93309, or emailed to: Robin.Lake- Foster@mail.house.gov.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than April 6. However, McCarthy is advising applicants to submit their paperwork as early as possible.