Area lawmakers: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, October 1, 2020 9:33 am

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 1, 2020) – State Reps. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) encourage local college students and recent graduates looking to gain valuable work experience to apply online for a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Before the start of each legislative session, House Republicans hire interns to help legislators and staff with the increased workload. Positions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"Interning with the House of Representatives is a great opportunity to work with state lawmakers, learn more about important issues in our communities and gain professional experience," Lyness said. "Interns often acquire a better sense of what they want to do in their careers while becoming more civically engaged."

According Lyness, all majors are welcome to apply online for internships in a variety of areas, including legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy and fiscal policy. Previous political or government experience is not required. 

These full-time internships take place Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April in 2021, Ziemke 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.  

"This is a great opportunity for young professionals wanting to gain experience as they look to get ahead in their careers," Ziemke said. "Interns can build on their soft skills, like time management and staying organized, along with developing new skills and expanding their knowledge about state government. It's also a great opportunity for them to build on their professional network and become involved with public service, all while getting paid."

Ziemke 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.

Students should apply before the Oct. 31 deadline online at


State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison) represents House District 68, which includes
all of Union County and portions of Franklin and Dearborn counties.
here to download a high-resolution photo.

State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes 
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
here to download a high-resolution photo.