In an effort to generate greater interest in government among young people, Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) is inviting high school students to apply for the Senate Scholars Program.
Open to 33 Wisconsin high school students between the ages of 16 and 18, the 2012 program offers three sessions, each of which are five days long.
Senate scholars attend floor debates, committee hearing and seminars with members of the press, lobbyists, Senate staffers and professors from the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs.
“The Senate Scholars Program gives high-achieving high school students the opportunity to learn about careers in public policy. They hear the real-life experiences of a variety of people, from legislators and staff to fiscal analysts and lobbyists,” Olsen said.
In addition to observing legislative activities, the Senate Scholars will participate in mock bill drafting, policy analysis, constituent communications and lobbying.
“This hands-on experience gives high school students a true sense of how the legislature works,” said Olsen.
Potential scholars need strong academic credentials and need to exhibit the responsibility necessary to take on these tasks.
To apply for the program, students should submit a resume, complete an application and get letters of support. Students must obtain a nomination letter from their state senator to complete the application process.
Applications are due Jan. 2, 2012. For a complete application packet, go online to the Senate Scholar Program.