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How She Got That Internship is a series that highlights conservative women’s internships in various organizations and positions to inspire the next generation of conservative women to lead. Did you, or a young woman that you know, have an internship experience you want to share with our readers? Submit it in this form and we will contact you if we think it would be a great fit for the series. 

Summer is perhaps the best time for young leaders to invest in themselves by gaining valuable work experience, namely through internships. As summer comes to a close and fall looms ahead, FFL is sitting down with a number interns to reflect on this year’s highlights and encourage more young leaders to apply for next year’s internships!

Jordan Orris is a first year M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications graduate student at The University of Mississippi. She graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a degree in marketing and journalism. Originally from Henderson, Nevada, she enjoys SEC Football, reading, and politics.

How did you find out about the position, and why did you decide to apply?

A girl I sat next to in Spanish class was a Senate Page the summer before me and I badgered her with questions all year. I applied because I have loved politics, history, and government all of my life and wanted to get in on the action myself!

What was the driving force behind choosing to work as a US Senate page?

I was really excited to have the opportunity to witness history in the making, literally carrying critical bills around the Capitol complex.

Have you interned before? If so, where?

Yes, quite a few places, including an advertising firm, a teen magazine, and a literary agency. Clearly my interests are varied!

Describe a typical day at your internship.

Honestly, there was no typical day, considering the Senate would be working on multiple issues a day, if not multiple issues in the hour! But generally we would walk from the Senate Page dormitory to the Hart building and take the Senate subway into the Capitol.

Each side (Republican and Democratic Senate Pages) were split into two groups, and the groups would alternate being on the floor or in the “Page Cage” (a breakroom of sorts) to comply with Child Labor Laws, and we’d switch back each our.  When working the Senate floor, Pages were tasked with preparing the Chamber each morning with Senate Calendars, making copies of legislation as it was introduced, and setting up the Senator’s desks when they would come in to give a speech. Additionally, calls from the cloakroom would come in, and we’d have to bring the messages to the Senators on the Floor as they were not supposed to have phones. Also, whenever the Senate was in session, we were working, so sometimes that meant late nights into the morning hours during a filibuster!

What was the most rewarding aspect of being a page?

I think knowing that I was carrying around history was very rewarding. It was very cool to connect seeing the actual history like the Old Senate Chamber with what I was doing, knowing I played a small part in helping the legacy to continue.

What was the biggest WOW moment of your internship?

What other 15-year-old gets to experience the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice, witness the swearing in ceremony of a United States Senator, and carry history in their hands by distributing amendments of the nuclear proliferation treaty with Russia? Pretty WOW!

-Looking back over your time in the internship, what’s been the most valuable lesson you learned as a result of your time as a US Senate page?

To be honest, I was appointed by a Democrat. The Senate seat from my state was vacant, and I had to be appointed by that Senator in order to be a Page. So seeing the behind the scenes view into what the Democrats were debating, proposing, and advocating for on the Senate floor opened my eyes and reaffirmed my Conservative views.

Would you apply to be a page again, and what advice would you give to future applicants?

You can only be a United States Senate Page during the summer before, summer after, or during your junior year of high school, so unfortunately, I can’t apply again since I’m now 24!

Additionally, you can only do the program once. But I would definitely do it again if I could turn back time! No regrets! My advice would be to apply for a summer session so you get to experience the Page program without the added stress of being in school. There is a Senate Page school with phenomenal teachers, however you’d have to leave your own high school for a semester.

My United States Senate Page program was amazing.  I loved watching the government work right before my eyes. The Senate Page program gives you unprecedented access to the Capitol complex— Pages can go in areas only Senators (not even their staff!) can go, and it was so fun exploring every inch of that beautiful building. Additionally, the program does a great job of bringing history teachers, archivists, and more so you have context with historical tours, not just in the Capitol but the White House and Supreme Court. I thought it was awesome because the next school year, I took AP US History, and I was able to put a memory to so much of what I was learning in class. Also, during my program, other Pages included children or relatives of Ambassadors, members of Congress, and generals, so it was super fun to hear more about their lives. I made some great friends, and keep in touch with a few to this day!

How She Got That Internship is a series that highlights conservative women’s internships in various organizations and positions to inspire the next generation of conservative women to lead. Did you, or a young woman that you know, have an internship experience you want to share with our readers? Submit it in this form and we will contact you if we think it would be a great fit for the series. 

Isabel B
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Isabel is a Cabinet Member from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado and is a proud CSU Ram. Next fall, Isabel will be attending Georgetown University to pursue her master's degree. She dreams of one day serving as the US President. She loves all things small government and second amendment, and is also a Turning Point USA Campus Coordinator and a proud member of PragerFORCE.