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

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

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Monday, September 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 28, 2020) – Hamilton 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.

House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) said before the start of each legislative session, House Republicans hire interns to help legislators and staff handle the increased workload.

"The House internship program has helped hundreds of students lay a foundation for successful careers whether they pursue public service or a job in the private sector," Huston said. "Students gain valuable, tangible skills while getting paid and earning college credit. I strongly encourage local college students and graduates to apply for this unique internship program."

According to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), positions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"Building on your time management, communication and writing skills is key to landing that dream job," Cook said. "Interns train under full-time staff, and there are high expectations when it comes to a student's commitment, work ethic and quality of work, which makes the experience all that much more rewarding."

State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) said 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.

"Internships can open up a world of possibilities for students as they build professional relationships and expand their network of contacts," Goodrich said. "Throughout this experience, interns work alongside lawmakers and full-time staff gaining important skills to help them take that first step in their careers."

State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) said previous political or government experience is not required, and the experience can help students learn more about how state government operates while gaining valuable skills. 

"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 are unique opportunities that really sets this internship program apart from others."

The 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.  

"As a small-business owner, I know that I value employees who bring tangible skills to the table and can hit the ground running," Jeter said. "Interning serves as a launching pad to a meaningful career, and can set you apart from other job applicants."

"Our team values interns, their diverse backgrounds and professional goals," said State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel). "This is a great opportunity to serve Hoosiers while taking on more responsibility as a young adult. But the deadline to apply is at the end of October, so now is the time to go online and start the process."

Huston 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. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32,
which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton,

Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) represents House District 29,

which includes portions of Hamilton County.

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State Rep. Chris Jeter (R-Fishers) represents House District 88,

which includes portions of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties.

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House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) represents House District 37, 
which includes portions of Hamilton County.
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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. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) represents House District 39, 
which includes portions of Hamilton County.
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PHOTO CAPTION: (Left to right) Hamilton County natives Will Smeltzer, Mary Kate Jaworowski and Alec Policka join State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers), State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel), State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) and State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) Feb. 27, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Area lawmakers encourage local college students, and law school and graduate students to apply for the 2021 House Republican Internship Program by visiting IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/Internship.