Senate Page Program
Thank you for your interest in the Senate Page program. Senate Pages play an important role in the day-to-day operations of the Senate. The Senate Page program provides students the opportunity to get involved in government service, engage with our nation's elected leaders, and witness firsthand the legislative process of the United States Senate. The Program offers Maryland students a chance to meet other students from across the country, and experience a myriad of new ideas, perspectives, and issues.
There are four sessions each year. The academic year consists of two semesters, which run in the fall from early September through mid-January and, in the spring, from mid-January through mid-June. The summer program consists of two sessions, which are three or four weeks in duration, depending on the legislative calendar.
During the fall and spring sessions, classes are held at the Senate Page School until 9:45 a.m. or one hour prior to the commencement of the Senate. Pages report for duty to their respective cloakrooms and work until 4:00 p.m. or until the Senate adjourns for the day, whichever is later. Senate Pages are paid via the Senate Sergeant at Arms.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Senate had to cancel several sessions because of public health concerns. Safety consideration will continue to influence decision-making on the status of upcoming sessions.
During the fall and spring sessions, Pages are required to live in the Daniel Webster Senate Page Residence. The cost of living in Daniel Webster Hall is $780 per month, plus a refundable $250 deposit. Breakfast and dinner are provided for the Pages. The cost of rent and food is automatically deducted from the Page's stipend.
Webster Hall is located on Capitol Hill. Staff includes four proctors, who reside within the building, and two day staff members. Two floors encompass the living quarters, one of which is designated for young women, the other for young men. Each floor has a community day room for social activity.
Pages share rooms with each other. Each room is designed for four to six occupants and is furnished with twin-size bunk or loft-style beds, desks, chairs, and bureaus. Each room has closet space, a private bath, and a telephone, which is shared by the Pages. Laundry facilities are provided within the building.
United States Capitol Police maintain a 24-hour security desk and requires all individuals to present identification and all visitors and guests to sign in. Capitol Police patrol the area by car and foot regularly throughout the day and night. Webster Hall is monitored by a security alarm system, and all emergency and safety measures required by the District of Columbia for community life structures are present and enforced.
Pages selected for the Summer Page Program may live with their parents or a relative in the area; alternate housing arrangements must be submitted in writing by a parent or legal guardian for approval by the Page Program Director.
- Senate Pages must be sponsored by a Senator.
- Pages must be citizens of the United States or subject to agreements of the Department of State, and must have a Social Security number.
- Page eligibility is limited to juniors in high school who will be 16 or 17 years old on or before the date of appointment.
- Summer Page eligibility is limited to students who have completed the sophomore year and who will be 16 or 17 years old on or before the date of appointment.
- Pages must verify a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a school transcript and a certification of immunization to qualify for attendance at the school.
- A general health assessment completed by a licensed physician is required, in addition to a certification of immunization.
- Pages are required to be covered by health insurance; if not already covered, they will be required to enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
Application deadline for the Spring Session is: September 20, 2021
The Senate Page Program is highly competitive. Each Page must be sponsored by a Senator. There are a very limited number of positions available and the number of interested students is extremely high.
Students who wish to apply to the program must submit a letter of interest stating why they are interested in being a Senate Page, career aspirations, list of extracurricular activities, grade point average (GPA), current courses, two letters of recommendation from a non-family member, and your permanent address. We will keep your inquiry on file and contact you when Senator Van Hollen has been advised that he is eligible to nominate a Page for an upcoming session. Only Maryland residents will be considered.
Application materials should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.