Abbott invites college students, recent grads to apply for paid Statehouse internship

Abbott invites college students, recent grads to apply for paid Statehouse internship

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 21, 2019) – Applications are now open for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program during the 2020 legislative session, according to State Rep. Dave Abbott (R-Rome City).

Abbott said the internship program is a unique opportunity for college and graduate students, and recent graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply skills in a real-world setting. He said the paid internship is full-time and takes place during the spring semester at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

“Internships are a practical way to test skills learned in the classroom and see how they can be used in real-world applications,” Abbott said. “Each intern is paired with a full-time staffer, allowing them to sharpen existing skills and develop new ones. Our staff is one of the best in the Statehouse at mentoring their interns and helping make the internship a meaningful experience.”

Internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas, focusing on legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Abbott said interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

“Collecting a paycheck, earning college credit and the possibility for a scholarship are just a few of the many program benefits,” Abbott said. “The networking can be an overlooked aspect of the program, but I believe it may be the most valuable part. Interns can connect with legislators, government staff, lobbyists and a myriad of other community members which could lead to potential careers.”

More information about the Indiana House Republican Internship Program and the application can be found at www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship. Abbott said the deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

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State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes 
all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.
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