Johnson County legislators: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Johnson County legislators: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, October 5, 2020 11:00 am

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 5, 2020) – Johnson 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.

"Interning with the Indiana House Republicans is a true learning experience, where you work alongside state leaders and track legislation affecting Hoosiers from across the state," said State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford). "It's an opportunity that can open many doors to a rewarding career."

Before the start of each legislative session, House Republicans hire interns to help legislators and staff with the increased workload. State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) said positions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"Year after year, I am continually impressed with the talented young Hoosiers who intern at the Statehouse," Young said. "Our interns are an integral part of our staff throughout session. From covering committee hearings to working with the media and communicating with constituents, our program provides multiple opportunities to gain skills that will be useful inside and outside the Statehouse."

According to State Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis), 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. 

"Among the unique aspects of this internship program is the opportunity to network with community and business leaders from across the state," Sherman said. "Interns interact with lawmakers and stakeholders from all walks of life. There is always something to be learned at the Statehouse, regardless of your major or interest."

These full-time internships take place Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April in 2021. According to State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland), 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.  

"Working with interns is definitely an experience I will miss when I retire," Burton said. "These young professionals bring so much to the legislative session, and it is encouraging to see these individuals grow throughout the program."

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. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) represents House District 58,
which includes a portion of Johnson County.
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State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of
Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.
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State Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 93,
which includes portions of Marion and Johnson counties.
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State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) represents House District 47,
which includes portions of Johnson and Morgan counties.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Franklin resident Jasmine Noel joins State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in the House Chamber located at the Indiana Statehouse. As an intern with the Indiana House of Representatives in the Legislative Operations Department, Noel corresponded with constituents, and staffed committee hearings and floor proceedings.