The Iowa Legislature is currently calling on area high school students to learn more about the legislative process by applying to serve as a Page for the 2013 Legislative Session.

Pages provide invaluable assistance to Representatives and House staff by running errands, delivering messages, and distributing bills and amendments.  Pages also “staff” committee meetings and help the chairperson by handing out materials during the meetings.  Some Pages will be assigned to work with the House Journal, Legal Counsel and Caucus staffs.

The Iowa House Chief Clerk’s office will be accepting applications from September 15, 2012, to October 5, 2012. Interviews will be conducted the week of October 15 with final selection being announced by November 1. The 2013 legislative session is 110 days, starting on January 14, 2013 and ending around May 3, 2013.

Guidelines to the program:

  • Must be a Junior or Senior as of September 2012, and of 17 or 18 years of age.
  • Work hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; normally no work on Fridays.
  • Some nights will be later when the Legislature adjourns after 4:45 p.m.
  • Applications are accepted for the Senate, House, or Legislative Services Agency.
  • Uniforms are provided.
  • Living arrangements are unsupervised and must be found on your own.
  • Transportation is on your own.
  • This is a paid position. Some excused absences may be permitted.
  • Students are expected to be able to handle any school responsibilities.

Students who are interested in becoming a Page can apply by downloading an application from the General Assembly’s web site at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/Agencies/pageInfo.  Parental permission is required to participate in this program.