STATEHOUSE (Sept. 15, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages 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. Positions are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students.
"In my time here at the Statehouse, I've seen a number of talented interns come through our program," Leonard said. "They've all walked away with many great experiences while working here during each fast-paced legislative session. I encourage local college students to seriously consider this amazing opportunity."
According to Leonard, 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.
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.
"These are just some of the tangible benefits of the House internship program, but there is so much more," Leonard said. "The networking alone is an excellent opportunity and resource, with many of our former interns gaining full-time positions within state government or private sector."
Leonard 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.
State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) represents House District 50, which
includes all of Huntington County and portions of Allen and Wells counties.
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