House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) this week announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer 2015 Internship Program.

Applicants must possess good writing and computer skills, be enrolled in college or recently graduated, and should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to residents of California’s 23rd congressional district (Kern and Tulare counties and parts of Los Angeles County). All applications from surrounding regions will be considered.

Summer interns are responsible for their expenses, including transportation and lodging costs, and will be eligible to receive a $1,500 stipend (before taxes) if they intern in both the district and Washington, D.C. offices. The program will be eight weeks with interns spending at least two weeks at McCarthy’s Bakersfield office, and another six weeks on Capitol Hill. Students are also required to submit a resume and a 250-word essay detailing their interest in the program and what they expect to learn from the experience.

“My first congressional internship almost 30 years ago was one of my most valuable learning experiences,” McCarthy said. “Though my internship, I gained a tremendous appreciation and understanding of public service. That is why I am inviting all interested college students and recent graduates to apply for an internship in my offices this summer, since a congressional internship is one of those unique educational opportunities to learn about our federal legislative process and work on issues important to our community.”

Applications and supporting documents should be sent to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office at 4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150, Bakersfield, CA, 93309. E-mail this information to Robin.Lake-Foster@mail.house.gov. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than Friday, March 20, 2015. Applicants are advised to submit their application as early as possible as decisions will be reportedly made on a rolling basis.