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

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, October 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 1, 2020) – State Reps. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) and Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) 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. Borders said positions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"The Indiana General Assembly is truly a melting pot of diverse backgrounds and knowledge," Borders said. "Interning during the legislative session exposes you to different ideas and provides experiences that can be carried over to a variety of jobs."

According to Hostettler, 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. 

"Interns with the House come from all over Indiana, other states, and even other countries," Hostettler said. "Their diverse backgrounds and areas of study add to the overall experience, and relationships are formed that carry beyond their time at the Statehouse."

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. Interns are also eligible for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

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. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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