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Congressman Adrian Smith

Representing the 3rd District of Nebraska

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Opportunities for Third District Youth

October 26, 2018
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As I travel the Third District and visit our schools, I never cease to be amazed at the intelligence and drive of our students. Their informed curiosity over key issues facing our country has left a particularly strong impression on me this summer and it is this curiosity I seek to nurture through my outreach efforts.

College students interested in gaining firsthand experience in the legislative process are invited to apply for an internship with one of my offices during the spring, summer, or fall. Interns are provided the opportunity to assist with constituent services, attend events, and work side-by-side with my staff on policy issues.

Another way I interact regularly with students is through the Third District Youth Advisory Council, which is open to high school juniors and seniors. Through in-person meetings, Facebook forums, and conference calls, I meet with this group throughout the school year to discuss the matters they find most important. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will open in the spring.

I also take great pleasure in welcoming school groups to Washington, D.C. on the steps of our nation’s capital. From 4-H groups to Close-Up programs and others, the summer is the busiest time of year for these visits. If you have a group of young people who would like to visit Washington, D.C., my office is always available to assist in arranging tours of the Capitol, White House, and other national sites.  For White House tours, I encourage your group to contact my office three months in advance to comply with its security protocols.

As a young person, my interest in politics was sparked by my grandfather who served as a Seabee during World War II and it is because of him that I cherish our responsibility to bring the next generation of Nebraskans into civic participation. If you know someone who would be interested in applying for an internship with my office, please encourage them to do so.

I welcome active engagement from Third District students of all ages and always appreciate hearing their ideas for America’s future.