- What is the HELP Committee?
- Area of Specialization: Ed. Policy
- HELP Internship Program
- Why HELP?
What is the HELP Committee?
- The committee began in 1869 as the Committee on Education
- Re-established as Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in 1999
- Committee maintains jurisdiction over national health care, educational, employment and retirement policies
- Leadership: Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA)
- Membership: 22 Senators; 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats
Area of Specialization: Ed. Policy
- Ed. Policy is one of four committee areas of specialization
- Dedicated to preparing citizens to meet the challenges of 21st Century through a lifetime of learning
- Policy programs include Head Start, No Child Left Behind, IDEA
- Maintain jurisdiction over Higher Education, Arts and Humanities, Student Financial Assistance, and Job and Vocational Training
- Undergraduates and recent graduates may apply to serve Chairman Alexander or Ranking Member Murray in Washington, D.C. office
- Ten students selected to gain substantive experience in a specific policy area of specialization
- Opportunity to work closely with senior policy advisers
- Weekly speaker series featuring key members of House and Senate