Cullen government internship applications due Friday

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Gazette staff
Monday, March 17, 2014

JANESVILLE—Applications are due Friday, March 21, for the 2014 Tim Cullen Government Intern Program, a Janesville School District summer school offering.

The program, in its 11th year, provides Janesville high school juniors a paid internship to study and experience how government works.

Sen. Tim Cullen and his wife, Barb, fund the program through a foundation. No public funding is involved.

Interns—two from Craig High and two from Parker High—are paid $400 each week as an incentive for students who otherwise could not participate because of the need to have a summer job. The foundation also pays two supervising teachers.

The interns work in legislative offices in the state Capitol. They work for one of two Democrats and two Republicans who assign them work on state government issues.

The interns spend more than half their days meeting with government officials at local, school district, county, state and federal levels.

The Cullens hope the program will prepare the interns to be better citizens. Among the leaders they are scheduled to meet are a former governor Tony Earl and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-1st District.

The Van Galder Bus Co. provides free transportation for the interns each day between Janesville and Madison.

Applications for the six-week internship are available from the social studies departments at both high schools. Interested juniors should contact Kate Bennett at Parker or Andrea Nickel at Craig.

The internships are set for June 16-July 25.

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