Elkhart County lawmakers: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, September 15, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 15, 2020) – Area legislators 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.

"Whatever a student's interests or future ambitions are, we can find a good fit for them," said State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart). "For many former interns, their experience at the Statehouse helped them land full-time employment as a part of our House staff, or with a state agency or another branch of government."

According to Miller, 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.

"Students with diverse backgrounds and of all majors are encouraged to be a part of our team," said State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford). "Each year, bright, eager students participate in the program and bring their talents and enthusiasm to the Statehouse. Those who are interested should apply as soon as possible."

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

"Throughout the legislative session, interns play an important role in communicating with constituents and supporting staff," said State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury). "Hands-on experience is crucial for young professionals getting ready to jump into the workforce, and this program offers them the opportunity to explore a career path and establish a quality network to aid them moving forward."

Stutzman 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.


State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) represents House District 48, which includes portions of Elkhart County.

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State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) represents House District 22, which includes portions of Kosciusko and Elkhart counties.

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State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) represents House District 49, which includes the eastern portion of Elkhart County.

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