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In 1999, University President Donald Haragan established a scholarship program to allow Texas Tech students to travel to Washington, DC to learn firsthand how federal policy is formulated in our nation's capital. The program's objective is to provide students who have an interest in government and public policy the opportunity to participate in public service by observing and contributing to the legislative process. The internship experience helps students understand the challenges and rewards of public life and helps develop their leadership skills. The President's Congressional Internship Program is offered every Fall and Spring semester, as well as during the Summer in conjunction with the regular summer school sessions. Each semester, approximately 10 students are chosen to participate as interns in the program. Interns live and work in Washington, DC for the duration of the semester-long internship for which they are chosen to participate. Interns are placed in either a Congressperson or Senator's office based on the intern's interests in issues, personality, hometown, and abilities. They work full-time, 40-50 hours per week based on the individual office.