Before you know it, the interim will wind down and the 2016 legislative session will soon be at hand. With session comes a unique and rewarding opportunity for college students and recent graduates to intern with the Indiana House Republicans. This is a one of a kind internship, especially for those looking to get their foot in the door in state government, and with spots filling up fast, I highly encourage anyone interested to apply.
House interns will work directly with a group of state representatives, caucus staff, state agency liaisons and members of the media while building their resume and gaining invaluable experience like learning the legislative process. On top of that, the House offers a bi-weekly compensation of $700, and most universities allow students to earn college credits during their time. A $3,000 scholarship is also offered to one intern from each caucus; based on performance, writing skills and their evaluations.
This internship is full time, so interns will work 7.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday. The program accepts sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as recent graduates of all majors. Additionally, there are five separate departments that interns can apply for depending on their interest and background.
Legislative interns work directly with an assigned group of state representatives while researching and responding to legislative questions posed by policymakers and constituents. They are also able to track bills through the legislative process and communicate directly with constituents via mail, phone and email.
Interns in the communications department will also work directly with an assigned group of state representatives, writing news releases and advisories. They are responsible, in part, for preparing and distributing news feeds for radio stations, updating members’ websites and covering press conferences. Communications interns will also create content for email newsletters as well as assist in taking photos and filming videos.
The computer and technology interns are charged with providing computer, tablet and phone support for legislators and staff while troubleshooting diverse software, hardware and network problems. They will also have the opportunity to provide individual training for legislators and staff as needed.
The intern assigned to the policy department is responsible for researching, tracking and analyzing amendments and bills; preparing committee reports for legislators; and searching for existing language in the Indiana Code. The policy intern will also assist staff and lawmakers to address legislative and fiscal inquiries.
The fiscal policy intern is tasked with tracking bills assigned to the Ways and Means Committee or any other bills with a fiscal impact; conducting research on fiscal policy issues. They can also participate in meetings where policy issues are discussed and debated.
Interns are an essential aspect to the legislative process as staff and legislators rely on them for their input. In fact, many current members of the House Republican staff were former interns. Not to mention, the contacts made and hands-on experience are invaluable to any young professional just starting to grow their network.
If this program sounds interesting to you or someone you know, I encourage you to share this information or apply as soon as possible. The deadline for the House Republican Internship Program is Oct. 31. For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.indianahouserepublicans.com/student-opportunities/.
Rep. Davisson represents all of Washington County and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison Counties.