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Encouraging Nebraska students to engage with their government is important to the future of our state and country. For young people in the Third District, my office has great opportunities for students of all ages and interests to get involved.

Internships for college students are available year-round in my Washington, D.C., Grand Island and Scottsbluff offices. In these roles, interns work directly with full-time staff on policy and press issues while attending events and assisting with constituent services. It is a valuable way to experience the functions of a congressional office and the legislative process firsthand.

My staff and I appreciate the hard work and dedication of these young people who choose to spend their time serving fellow Nebraskans. More information on applying for internships is available on my website at AdrianSmith.house.gov.

The Third District Youth Advisory Council is open to high school juniors and seniors who are interested in discussing their opinions, thoughts and concerns with me about local and federal issues. I welcome their insights and questions, as well as our conversations on how best to serve Nebraska’s communities. Any rising juniors or seniors who would like to apply for the 2018-2019 council are invited to visit my website to learn more.

Also for high school students, the Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for young artists in the Third District to put their talents on display for visitors from across the country and around the world. I look forward to showcasing students’ work and sharing their depictions of the Good Life we enjoy in Nebraska.

The winning artwork from each congressional district is displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Submissions for this year’s competition will be accepted through Friday, March 9. More details for interested students and teachers are available on my website.

Each year, I have the privilege of nominating a select group of Third District students to attend the U.S. Service Academies. My office’s annual Academy Day brings together academy representatives to speak with Third District high school students who are interested in serving our country. More details about this year’s event will be available soon. In the meantime, please visit my website or contact my Grand Island office at 308-384-3900 for additional information on the nomination process.

Spring is the high season for school trips to Washington, D.C., and my office is pleased to assist Third District student groups in arranging tours of historic sites such as the U.S. Capitol. I also always enjoy meeting with students and discussing their thoughts on the issues facing our country. If you are planning a trip this year, please get in touch with my D.C. office so we can make arrangements to connect with you during your stay.

Getting young people involved in their government and communities must be a priority. I ask parents and teachers to please share the above information with your children and students, and I look forward to recognizing the great accomplishments of young Nebraskans.

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