Local lawmakers invite students to apply for Statehouse internship

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (July 31, 2018) — Northwest Indiana lawmakers invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for an internship with the House of Representatives for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.

State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) said the House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for college students and graduates to participate in state government and gain valuable hands-on experience.

“Participating in this internship is one of the best ways for students to learn about the legislative process,” Aylesworth said. “Working with staffers and watching the proceedings firsthand gives them a better understanding of how our state government works and helps them to become more civically engaged.”

This paid internship at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis takes place during the spring semester. According to State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville), the internship gives students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators.

“Throughout the legislative session, interns work alongside their assigned legislators,” Gutwein said. “Working with multiple members of the House of Representatives exposes them to a variety of topics as lawmakers focus on different policy areas.”

Internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) said students can apply for internships in a variety of areas, focusing on legislative, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

“With multiple positions available, interns are able to tailor the internship to best suit their interests and skills,” Olthoff said. “This creates a more meaningful and beneficial experience for them.”

These are full-time positions, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April. In addition to biweekly compensation of $750, State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) said interns can earn academic credit through their college or university, and are eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate or graduate expenses.

“Paid internships can be hard to come by,” Pressel said. “However, students with paid internship experience are almost twice as likely to get full-time employment following their college graduation. Our interns can even earn college credit for their work at the Statehouse, making their time spent with the legislature even more valuable.”

State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) said the experience students gain from the House internship helps set them apart once they enter into the workforce.

“Most employers consider a candidate’s previous professional experience when looking to fill a full-time position,” Slager said. “The hard work our interns put in at the Statehouse makes their resumes stand out and better prepares them for the competitive job market.”

State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) said he hopes to see even more interns from Northwest Indiana at the Statehouse this coming session.

“House Republican internships are great opportunities for students to develop themselves professionally,” Soliday said. “The skills they acquire during their time at the Statehouse give them a running start at their career. I strongly encourage students to take advantage of this unique educational experience.”

More information about the House internship program and the application can be found at www.indianahouserepublicans.com/internship. The application deadline is Oct. 31.

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State Rep. Mike Aylesworth represents House District 11,
 which includes parts of Lake and Porter counties.

A high-resolution photo of Aylesworth can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Rep. Douglas Gutwein represents House District 16, which includes all of
Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.

A high-resolution photo of Gutwein can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Rep. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,
which includes a portion of Lake and Porter counties.

A high-resolution photo of Olthoff can be found here.

State Rep. Jim Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

A high-resolution photo of Pressel can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) represents House District 15,
which includes portions of Lake County.

A high-resolution photo of Slager can be found here.

State Rep. Ed Soliday represents House District 4,
which includes all of Porter County.

A high-resolution photo of Soliday can be found here.