About United States Senate Youth Program

The tradition of the United States Senate Youth Program began in 1962. Two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity are sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to spend a week in Washington, D.C. learning about the federal government. Notable alumni include former Presidential Advisor Karl Rove, Judge Robert Henry from the U.S. Court of Appeals, and former Lieutenant Governor of Idaho David LeRoy.

During their week sojourn in Washington, D.C., students visit the White House, Capitol Hill, Supreme Court and other notable government establishments. They also network with former United States Senate Youth Program delegates. In addition to the learning experience, students are rewarded with a $5,000 scholarship toward their undergraduate study.


The scholarship program is open to high school juniors and seniors who are student body president, vice president, treasurer or secretary, class president, student council representative, or a student representative elected to a district, regional or state-level civic or educational organization. Students must also be permanent U.S. residents and attend school in the state their parents reside.

United States Senate Youth Program

  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation
  • United States Senate Youth Program
  • 90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1212
  • San Francisco, CA 94105-4504
  • Phone: (415) 908-4540


  • Number of Interns: 101 or more
  • Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: High School Students


  • Washington, DC