U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions By melody zargari

  1. What is the HELP Committee?
  2. Area of Specialization: Ed. Policy
  3. HELP Internship Program
  4. 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
HELP Internship Program
  • 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
Why HELP?
  • Learn from leaders in Ed. Policy
  • Teach for America --> M. Ed. --> HELP
  • Capitol Hill hires from within
  • 64% of staffers served as interns
  • Diversify current policy experience
  • Committee and Personal Office internships provide entirely different learning opportunities
Sources
  • "21st Century Cures Signed into Law." Home | The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2017.
  • "Education Policy." New America. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2017.
  • "Laws & Guidance." Policy - ED.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Apr. 2017.
  • Placement Office Positions Available. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2017.

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