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Capitol Hill internships provide valuable opportunities for college students and new graduates to experience our nation's legislative process first hand. The majority of current Hill staffers, from chiefs of staff to legislative assistants, started off as personal office and committee interns.  
Representative Mark Amodei (NV-02) offers the opportunity for college students and recent graduates to participate in internships in his Washington, D.C. office. Successful candidates must have excellent organizational, personal, writing and communication skills. Nevada ties are a plus, but are not required. 
Internships can be a great opportunity to learn the legislative process, experience life in Washington, D.C., and see how your government works. Responsibilities include answering phones, providing constituents tours of the U.S. Capitol, legislative research, assisting the communications director, and aiding staff for special projects as needed. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend committee hearings, briefings, and staff meetings. This rewarding experience offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the day-to-day operations of a Congressional office. Furthermore, full-time interns have the opportunity to receive a monthly stipend.
Internships are offered three times per year for the following semesters: 

Fall: September - December 2021

Rolling Application Deadline

Spring: January - May 2022

  Application Deadline: December 17th

Summer: May - September 2022  

 Application Deadline: April 1st  

If you are interested in interning in our Washington, D.C. office, please submit your resume and cover letter to Congressman Mark Amodei’s intern coordinator at:

Academy Nominations:

Service Academy Nominations FAQ
Thank you for your interest in a nomination to one of our nation's prestigious service academies. I have enclosed an application for nomination; please complete this form and return it to:
The Honorable Mark E. Amodei
Attention: Debbie Balsinger
5310 Kietzke Lane, Suite 103
Reno, Nevada 89511
In addition to your completed application, please submit the following information:
  • Current photo (2 1/2” x 3 ½” headshot – Professional Attire Recommended)
  • OFFICIAL High school transcript in a sealed envelope
  • American College Testing Program (ACT) results and/or College Board Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) results
  • Resume of extracurricular activities
  • An essay stating why you want to attend a service academy (500 words or less)
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • Completed and signed application
  • Completed Academy Application on Academy Portal
  • Any miscellaneous information you wish to provide for consideration

The deadline for submitting application packets, including the above items, is Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST. No applications will be accepted after this date. Please note that a nomination does not replace the admissions process or ensure your acceptance to a service academy. Students must contact the admissions office at each service academy to initiate the application process.

Additionally, applicants who submit a completed application by the Oct 31st deadline will be contacted with their scheduled time for Academy Interview Day (typically held the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving). Nevada’s Congressional offices work together to create the interview schedule, and will notify students of their interview time approximately one week following the application deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Balsinger at (775) 686-5760. I commend you on your desire to serve our nation and wish you the best in your efforts.

2021 Congressional App Challenge:

About: The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host contests in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The non-profit Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental staffing and support. In the five years of the Congressional App Challenge, the program has yielded 1134 App Challenges across 48 states. Thousands of functional apps have been created by over 25,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics. 

Important Dates:

  • June 2021: Students will be able to register for the App Challenge
  • June - Nov 2021: Students will have until Nov to complete the apps and submit 
  • Nov - Dec 2021: Judging 
  • Dec - Jan 2022: Announcements of the Winners

2020 Congressional App Challenge Winner:



Congrats to Reno’s Julianna Schneider of the Davidson Academy for winning the CD-02 Congressional App Challenge. Julianna’s app is called VoluntYO‪U and seeks to connect students and organizations in the Reno area with volunteers. Her app currently has 150 active users, 42 events, and includes 30 non-profit organizations. Learn more about her app here:

2021 Congressional Art Competition:

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition, known as the Congressional Art Competition, to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district of our nation. I’m currently accepting submissions for 2021. Interested students should submit their artwork to my Reno office. Deadlines to follow.

The winner will be the recipient of two round-trip tickets to D.C. to attend the Congressional Art Competition winners' reception in late June. Additionally, their artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. I strongly encourage all interested high school students to submit their artwork. 

Click here for more information about the Congressional Art Competition.

Click here for the 2021 Rules & Regulations.



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Congressional Award:


The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Our Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities by their 24th birthday.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

Learn more:

Members of Congress

The youth of our nation are positively affected because Members of the United States Congress have made a strong and clear commitment to a program that makes a difference in the lives of young people, The Congressional Award – Congress’ highest honor for America’s youth. The Congressional Award provides a structure for young Americans to learn the value of service, personal development, fitness, and citizenship through character forming experiences that shape tomorrow’s leaders and our country’s future.

The Congressional Award program is promoted throughout America by Members of Congress who share with their constituents a unique opportunity to provide today’s youth with the tools they need to thrive as adults. There are many ways in which congressional offices can become involved:

  • Inform your staff about The Congressional Award. The National Office is more than willing to coordinate a conference call to brief members of your district and D.C. staff on the program.
  • Designate a staff member to serve as a liaison with The Congressional Award National Office. This person will help plan award presentations in your district and would also be the point person in your office to handle constituent questions about the program.
  • Identify volunteers at the district level to promote the program within schools, youth groups, and other organizations. The Congressional Award looks for teachers, guidance counselors, scoutmasters, leaders of such groups as 4-H, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, and many others to help spread the word about the program.
  • Request promotional and informational materials from the National Office. Our office will send program materials to your D.C. or district offices to ensure you are equipped with the materials to be successful.
  • Make Congressional Award brochures available to youth in your district between the ages of 14 and 23. Keep Congressional Award materials displayed in both your Capitol Hill and district offices.
  • Include an item about the program in your next newsletter. Sample articles are available upon request.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and like us on Facebook.
  • Participate in the Gold Medal Ceremony held annually on Capitol Hill each June. This year Gold Medal class is estimated to be the largest in the program’s 39 year history, with nearly 400 youth represented across 40 states. This is a prime opportunity to become further familiarized with the program and meet your constituents while their in the nation’s capital.
  • Send congratulatory letters to Congressional Award recipients or newly enrolled students to encourage them to reach their goals.

There are youth in your district already participating in various programs and activities that can earn them a Congressional Award. Do not let them miss out on the recognition, scholarships, and opportunities this award can bring. Your community can benefit from the invaluable contribution Congressional Award participants make through their citizenship and service.

Learn more: