Student Resources

Internship Program

Internships in the Washington, DC and Ohio offices of Senator Rob Portman offer college-aged students an exciting introduction to the U.S. Senate and the workings of a Senate office. Interns are assigned to work alongside staff responsible for the Senator’s legislative, press, and administrative operations. Internships are designed primarily for students who have completed at least one full year of collegiate undergraduate coursework and preference is given to students who are residents of Ohio. At this time, health environment permitting, it is our intention to have a modified in person intern program for the Fall.  However, due to the on-going pandemic these plans may need to be modified as we move into the fall.

Applications for our Fall 2021 Internship Program must be submitted before July 11, 2021. Click here to apply for the Fall 2021 internship program:

Current expected Fall session: September 8, 2021 – December 10, 2021

Please contact our office at 202-224-3353 or via email at for any questions regarding Senator Portman’s Internship program.


Page Program 

The Senate Page Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students who have a desire to learn and contribute to our nation’s legislative process. There are a total of 30 pages per session and each is appointed by a senator. Senator Portman is honored to be able to participate in this highly competitive program by appointing one student per session.   

Senate page duties consist primarily of preparing the Senate chamber for Senate sessions and delivering bills and amendments onto the Senate floor. Other duties include delivering correspondence and legislative material within the Congressional complex. Pages in the spring and fall sessions attend academically rigorous classes in the early morning at the U.S. Senate Page School, a program fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Senate pages receive a salary, from which is deducted income tax and room-and-board fees. Pages are housed a few blocks from the Capitol in Webster Hall and must wear uniforms provided by the Senate while on duty.  

Program Requirements: 

This program is open to high school students who are at least 16 years old but not yet 18 years old. 

Students are only eligible to serve as a page during their junior year or during the summers before or after their junior year. 

Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States. 

Priority is given to students from Ohio. 

A Completed Page Application Will Include: 

1)      Your high school transcript

2)      Two letters of recommendation

3)      A completed application form 

The US Senate will not be hosting a Senate Page class in Spring 2021.

Details regarding the summer 2021 page program will be posted as it becomes available.