Getting to wander the halls of Congress is often reward enough for the unpaid idealists who regularly keep Capitol Hill chugging along.
Those who crave face time with global leaders and intimate nosh-fests with the boss would be wise to forward their applications to the office of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
An aide said the Florida Republican usually accepts around a half-dozen interns during fall and spring, but really beefs up the ranks — recruiting 15-20 youthful charges — when summer rolls around. Along with tending to everyday duties (answering phones, cataloging constituent mail, attending hearings), Ros-Lehtinen makes a point of exposing the budding politicos to the power players who routinely pop up under the Dome.
“I get a kick out of helping them meet the many VIPs who visit Capitol Hill,” she told HOH, pitching recent meet-and-greets with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera as par for the course.
When there is down time, Ros-Lehtinen is not afraid to fill it — and her staff — with tasty nibbles.
“I like to host pizza and Chinese lunches every few weeks,” she said.
Great work (if you can get it).