Issues: Education

The following information is for students. Please contact our office for assistance with any questions or problems you may have. Below are some resources that will be useful to kids.

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  • Kindergarten—5th Grade  
  • 6th—12th Grade       
  • College

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Each spring, a nation-wide high school art competition is sponsored by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol along with other winners across the nation.

People of ages 14-23 can strive to receive a non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive award that recognizes initiative, achievement, and service in young individuals.

We encourage all Eighth Congressional District high school students to participate in the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, where students design and present their application for mobile, tablet, or computer device on the platform of their choice.

Young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the military service and who are looking to build a career foundation at one of our esteemed service academies are encouraged to reach out to my District Office to learn more about the process. You can also visit my Nominations webpage



  • Internship Opportunities An internship in my office provides a great opportunity for students to learn first-hand how our government works. Interns gain valuable knowledge and experience by having hands-on opportunity to learn about the legislative process, as well as the operations of a Congressional office. Please visit my internship page to learn more about opportunities in my Issaquah District Office and Washington, DC Office and for application materials.


The objective of our internship program is to engage young adults in the federal government. The program will allow interns a chance to learn about the legislative process and how Congressional offices are run. Interns are involved in a wide range of tasks. These can include putting together press clippings, researching issues, answering phones and more. In return, interns will learn a wide variety of issues important to our region and nation.

Internships are available in both our Washington, DC office and our Issaquah district office. Please download an application from the link below if you are interested in applying. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our offices.

Washington, DC

In my Washington, DC office, internships run throughout the fall, spring or summer semesters for college students. Although all internships in all offices are unpaid, students gain invaluable work experience. The hours are flexible to accommodate students’ hectic course schedules, but generally run 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. when Congress is in session, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when not in session.

In Washington, interns’ responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office.

Washington State

In my Washington office, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent casework or work on District-based projects of importance.

If you would like more information on Congressional Internships—please contact my office.


Internship Application

High school students who are interested in applying to a service academy for post-high school education can find more information about the requirements and application process here.

Information is available to students to learn more about the process of locating and applying for financial aid. 

Financial Aid for Students

Guides students through the process of locating and applying for financial aid.

  • The basics: getting started
  • Paying for college
  • States offer residents a variety of scholarships and loans
  • Targeted aid for special groups
  • Repaying your loans
  • Additional information

The Basics: Getting Started

  • Start gathering information early
  • Free information is readily available from:
    • High school counselors
    • College and career school financial aid offices (where you plan to attend)
    • Local and college libraries
    • Federal student aid (U.S. Department of Education)
    • Other internet sites (search terms student financial aid or student financial assistance)

Paying for College

  • Student Loans are the most common federal aid and must be repaid when you graduate or leave college
  • Federal Family Education Loans (FEEL) from private lenders, such as banks and credit unions, guaranteed by the federal government.
  • Perkins Loans: Only with participating schools, the Federal Perkins Loan Program is low-interest and provides money for college or career school for students with exceptional financial need.

States offer residents a variety of scholarships and loans

Targeted Aid for Special Groups

Repaying your loans

After college, the federal government has ways to help you repay your loans.

  • Eligibility depends upon the type of loan, when it was made, and whether it’s in default. Check with your loan officer to find out if you qualify.
  • Loan Consolidation: combine your federal loans into a single loan with one monthly payment
  • Teachers: Cancellation/Deferment Options
  • Sometimes loans may be cancelled in exchange for public service

Volunteers who complete one year of service receive an education award for current higher education expenses or to repay student loans

  • Health professions:

Offered in exchange for two years of service in areas with critical nursing shortages

Use this database to find various scholarships and repayment or forgiveness programs filtered by state for medical and other health professions students.

Search for loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs as a graduated law student, and learn about alternative options that could help you pay off your loans.

Scholarships, grants, fellowships, internships, and cooperative education with federal agencies.

Additional Information

  • Use the Department of Education’s Repayment Estimator to get an overview of which plans you may be eligible for and see monthly estimates as well as an overall estimate.
  • Find a loan repayment plan provided by the Department of Education
  • If you are not sure who your loan servicer is, log in here to find out and begin the search for a repayment plan.

Find out what to do if you can’t afford your payments.