House Page Program
“Youth Learning through Serving”
Welcome to the North Carolina General Assembly House Page Program website.
This program offers young men and women the opportunity to learn about, and participate in, the legislative process of our state. It is a four day long experience that allows high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 (or 14 if already in the 9th grade) to observe firsthand how our laws are made. It provides them the unique privilege of working in the House Chamber in the midst of legislative action.
House Pages are important to the operation of the General Assembly as they assist the Members and staff of the House during the legislative session. They participate in daily sessions, committee meetings, and perform other duties including, but not limited to, delivering messages and materials within the legislative complex, completing mailings for Members, and passing out documents or running errands in the House Chamber during daily sessions.
The selection process for this program is highly competitive. Official appointments are made by the Speaker of the House based on recommendations by individual Representatives. Each Representative is allotted a number of students he or she can sponsor each session. Students submit their application to their Representative who selects the individuals to be appointed by the Speaker. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
Click on the links above or refer to the 2020 House Page Program Brochure for additional information.
In order to be a House Page you must:
- Be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old (or 14 and currently in the ninth grade).
- Have not served as a House Page previously.
- Be sponsored by a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
- Be in good academic standing at your school.
- Have prior approval by the principal of your school if you are appointed to serve as a Page during the school year.
When to Apply
- Applications are available for the legislative session online and in the House Page Office.
- Dates are posted on this website when applications are being accepted for each session.
- Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all positions for the session are full.
- Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to Apply
- Contact Your Representative and request his or her sponsorship. It is preferred that you contact the Representative for the district in which you live, which you can determine by using the Find Your Legislators tool located here.
- In order to apply, you can either fill out an online application or print a hard copy to complete.
- If you use the online application, it will be sent automatically to your sponsoring Member for his/her approval once you have submitted.
- If you choose to print a hard copy, make sure to sign it and attach all necessary components (completed application, essay, and recent color photo) before sending/delivering to your sponsoring Member.
- The selection process is quite competitive and not all who apply will be appointed. Each Representative has his or her own criteria which he or she uses to select Pages for sponsorship.
Notification of Appointment
Who can serve as a House Page?
What are the duties and responsibilities of a House Page?
- Daily Sessions: All Pages attend daily session in the House Chamber. During session, bills are introduced, debated, and passed. Pages are assigned to strategic stations throughout the House Chamber, where they are available to assist House Members. They may be asked to deliver messages, bills, amendments, and other documents.
- Committee Meetings: Each House Page is assigned to attend committee meetings throughout the day.
- Office Assistance: Additionally, Pages may provide office assistance to legislators and staff by completing mailings, filing, copying, or delivering messages.
What is the length of service for a House Page?
Where do I get an application?
- The student should contact their House Member to express interest in the program and request sponsorship.
- Applications may be obtained online, from a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, or from the House Page Supervisor.
When will I know if I have been appointed and what date I will serve?
Where do I report for work?
Where do I park when reporting for work?
- LOT #1: Corner of Jones and Wilmington Streets across the street from State Archives Building.
- LOT #18: Corner of Polk and Wilmington Streets, one block from the Legislative Building.
- LOT #75: Salisbury Street.
- Rates are charged by the hour Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
What happens if my plans change?
Are House Pages compensated?
Can I put my House Page experience on my college application?
How much spending money should I bring with me?
- If you have additional questions, please contact the House Page Supervisor at (919) 733-5701 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If the House Page Supervisor is not available, you can contact the House Principal Clerk’s office at (919) 733-7760.