Boone County legislators: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Wednesday, September 23, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 23, 2020) – Boone County lawmakers 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. State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) said positions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"Our team relies on interns to help us during the legislative session," Schaibley said. "While learning more about how state government works, students are also busy making connections and building their resumes, which can prepare them to enter Indiana's workforce."

According to State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), 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. 

"Interns with the House of Representatives have diverse backgrounds and career interests, which adds to the overall experience," Brown said. "With the various departments, students can team up with full-time staff doing work that complements what they are learning in school. Our fiscal policy team always welcomes an intern to work with us, and it's exciting to see that student grow professionally and become involved in public service."

State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) said internships are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April in 2021.

"Our interns have many opportunities to network with lawmakers, and community and private industry leaders from across the state," Thompson said. "These connections, along with other skills gained throughout the internship, are beneficial for those looking for full-time positions."

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.  

Brown 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 IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship.

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State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) represents House District 41,
which includes portions of Boone, Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.

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State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) represents House District 24,
which includes portions of Boone and Hamilton counties.
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State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) represents House District 28,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Boone counties.
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