Get ahead with the House Republican Internship Program

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, September 4, 2015

Summer vacation has ended and school is back in session. For some college students, that means finalizing class schedules and for others, that means finding learning opportunities outside of the classroom. One way to do that is through an internship.

Internships give students hands-on experience and allow them to work alongside some of the best and brightest our state has to offer. For that reason, I am pleased to announce that the House Republican Internship Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 legislative session. This is a wonderful opportunity that can set students apart in the eyes of employers as well as immerse them in state government.

This paid, spring semester internship allows interns to work side-by-side with legislators and staff members as they enact legislation and shape public policy for Indiana’s 6 million residents. These interns truly play in invaluable role and are essential to completing all of the work that accompanies session.

Each year, there are a variety of internship positions available for all types of majors. For example, legislative interns assist in tracking legislation while communicating directly with constituents regarding legislative questions. On the other hand, communications interns assist with media relations. Those responsibilities include writing press releases, helping out with social media, taking photos and attending press conferences. There are also opportunities available in information technology, policy and fiscal analysis as well.

The internship runs from January through mid-March, and interns will generally work from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. It is no secret that tuition and textbooks are expensive, so in order to alleviate that burden, our interns receive a $700 bi-weekly stipend while also having the opportunity to apply for a competitive $3,000 Verizon scholarship toward undergraduate or graduate expenses . It is also important to remember that most colleges and universities will offer academic credit for the internship, so I encourage anyone interested to work with their academic  advisors to see if this is an option.

I have witness firsthand the variety of opportunities that await interns upon completion of this program. Many go on to fill full-time staffer positions while others pursue a career in one of our state agencies, or even the private sector. Regardless of what path they chose, I truly believe that this internship experience helps to prepare students for life after graduation.

I look forward to working with those that are selected to participate and commend all who apply for their desire to work in public service and forge a brighter future for our state.

The deadline to apply is October 31, so be sure to submit an application soon! For more information on the House Republican Internship Program, visitwww.indianahouserepublicans.com/2016-house-republican-internship-program/.  

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Rep. Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.