The summer is almost over, bringing with it the excitement of students returning to school. All throughout the state, college-bound Hoosiers and their families are shopping for school supplies, finalizing class schedules and purchasing items for their apartment or dorm room. As they make their final preparations, for state lawmakers, this is also a busy time of the year as we are getting ready for the next legislative session.
As session draws near, one of the things I look forward to the most is the opportunity to meet and work with students and recent graduates from our local community. That is why I am pleased to announce that the House Republican Internship Program is accepting applications for the 2016 session.
The House Republican Internship Program offers paid, spring semester internships at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis, providing a great opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and recently graduated students to gain real-world experience and practical knowledge of state government. Interns will also get to work closely with legislators and staff members, enhancing their professional skills as they develop an understanding of the legislative process.
The internship lasts for the duration of session, which begins January 2016 and runs through March. It is a full-time internship, so each student will generally work from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, most colleges or universities will offer academic credit for the internship, so I encourage you to work with your advisors to see if you might be eligible.
It can often be difficult for students to find paid internships and with the rising cost of tuition and books, any amount of money helps lessen some of the financial burden. Therefore, I am happy to say that our interns receive a $700 biweekly stipend and also have the opportunity to apply for a competitive $3,000 Verizon scholarship toward undergraduate or graduate expenses.
Although we deal with public policy and legislation, our intern program attracts students from all majors and fields of study. Internships are available in a variety of departments, including member services and communications. Member services interns will be paired with a full-time Legislative Assistant to track legislation, communicate directly with constituents and research and respond to legislative questions. Communications interns will be paired with a full-time Press Secretary as they assist with media relations. Some of their responsibilities include writing press releases, helping out with social media, taking photos and covering press conferences to list a few. There are also internship opportunities in areas such as information technology, policy and fiscal analysis.
After spending much of my time during session working with my interns, I truly believe that the experiences you gain through the House Republican Internship Program will help prepare you for that next phase in life. In fact, as I keep in contact with my former interns, they continue to tell me that the skills they developed through the internship were invaluable to them. I encourage all college-level students to apply for this upcoming session and hope to meet a few of our local students from southeast Indiana at the Statehouse.
The deadline to apply is October 31, so make sure to submit your application soon! If you would like to apply or for more information, please visit http://www.indianahouserepublicans.com/2016-house-republican-internship-program/.
Rep. Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.