Fort Wayne lawmakers: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. X, 2020) – Fort Wayne 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. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) said positions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"Internships are an excellent place to learn skills and develop both personally and professionally," Carbaugh said. "An internship like this builds on classroom lessons, and for many, this is the first opportunity to put their skills into practice. In addition to gaining experience, interns are able to explore different career fields." 

According to State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne), 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.

"This is a unique, hands-on experience rooted in public service," Heine said. "For those looking into this type of career, it's unlikely there is a better place to start. Working on issues that affect Hoosiers, interacting directly with constituents and helping them navigate state government can be rewarding." 

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. According to State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne), interns are also eligible for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

"Finding a meaningful internship with so many benefits can be challenging," Morris said. "Add in the networking, potential future employment and opportunities to gain new skills, and this program is hard to beat. I encourage all young professionals from our area to apply soon."

Morris 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. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 81, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 85, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 84, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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