STATEHOUSE (Oct. 22, 2020) – Hendricks County lawmakers said time is running out for local students to apply for a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives in Indianapolis.
State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) said the deadline to apply is Oct. 31 and interviews are already taking place. He said interested college students, recent graduates, graduate students and law school students should not wait to submit their applications as positions are filling quickly.
“Interning at the Statehouse puts you right in the middle of the legislative process,” Steuerwald said. “Our interns cover committees, work with the media and interact with community members every day. Students can use these valuable skills and connections to find employment inside and outside the Statehouse.”
Steuerwald said interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Interns are also eligible for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.
According to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), internships are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April 2021. He said positions are available in a variety of areas, including legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy and fiscal policy. Previous political or government experience is not required.
“Internships are great stepping stones to full-time jobs,” Behning said. “Many of our staff members got their start as an intern, while others have gone on to work with other state agencies or organizations that interact with the legislature. No matter where you want to end up, the House Republican internship program can set you up for success.”
State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) said the legislature may make certain changes to the internship program due to the impacts of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, but any adjustments will be communicated to candidates and intern hires.
“We always have interns with a wide variety of talents and backgrounds,” Thompson said. “No matter your major or professional experience, each intern will have opportunities to put their skills and knowledge to work.”
Thompson said all majors are encouraged to apply before the Oct. 31 deadline at IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship.