High school girls invited to ‘Rock the Capitol’

High school girls who are passionate about government and are interested in learning more about the intricate world of public policy are encouraged to apply for a unique internship program, Girls Rock the Capitol.

The program gives girls in New Hampshire and Vermont an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the state legislative process, from attending committee meetings and full House sessions to hearing debates and discussions about bills and laws directly affecting their state.

GRTC, sponsored by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains with support from the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, has been offered to New Hampshire and Vermont girls for more than a decade.

"This truly is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for girls to learn about government and develop confidence and leadership skills along the way," program coordinator Melissa Mason said.

As part of the program, girls will spend six days between January and June shadowing female legislators at the state capitol.

GRTC applications are due by Saturday, Oct. 31. They’re available at girlscoutsgwm.org.

Applicants should be articulate and mature, able to fully participate in all Statehouse visits and in evaluations and training, including an overnight stay during February or April vacation. Prior participation in Girl Scouts isn’t required.

Although there is no charge for the program, participants must register with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Annual membership dues are $30, and financial assistance is available to qualified applicants.

For more information, email Mason at mmason@girlscoutsgwm.org or visit girlscoutsgwm.org.