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Franken calls for applicants to high school internship program

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced he is now accepting applications from Minnesota students in grades 11 and 12 interested in being part of his high school internship program.

The new program is designed to give students, who are passionate about improving the lives of Minnesota youths, a chance to learn about government while playing a leadership role in their communities, a news release stated.

"As I have traveled across Minnesota I've met numerous talented high school students who are exploring their career options," Franken stated in the release. "I created this opportunity to give Minnesota students a chance to see firsthand how government works, and gain leadership experience."

Students who are accepted for the internship team will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including job shadowing a U.S. Senate staff member to see how Franken's office works, attending and reporting back on local government meetings and leading a youth meeting in their community.

Students can apply by going to, and filling out the high school internship application from the "Apply for an Internship" page. They can return it via mail to: 60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220, Saint Paul, MN, 55107, or send it via email to The deadline for applications is Sept. 20.