Local lawmakers seek applicants for paid Statehouse internships

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, September 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 29, 2019) – Area state lawmakers invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Legislators seeking interns include State Reps. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown).

Clere said local college students and recent graduates should apply before the Oct. 31 deadline.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can, and often does, lead to other unique and rewarding experiences,” Clere said. “Not only do interns observe the legislative process from a special vantage point, they participate in it and contribute to it. And it's important to note it's not just for political science or communication majors. I would encourage students and recent graduates from a variety of majors to consider applying. It can open a lot of doors, some of which are not always obvious. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with any student who would like to learn more."

According to Davisson, the internship program is a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience and apply skills in a real-world setting. He said the paid internship is full-time and takes place during the spring semester.

“The internship program puts students to work for 12 weeks at the Statehouse, while giving them a lifetime of useful skills,” Davisson said. “Working alongside lawmakers in the Indiana House of Representatives helps interns better understand how government works and the impact the legislative branch has on all Hoosiers. These are highly competitive positions and interested candidates should apply soon.”

Engleman said internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas, focusing on legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

“Working with our House interns is such a rewarding experience,” Engleman said. “It is an opportunity to teach young minds about public service and use my time as a county auditor to explain how state government and local government work together to help our state and our local neighborhoods.”

The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

More information about the Indiana House Republican Internship Program and the application can be found at www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship.


State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) represents House District 72, which includes
most of Floyd County, including New Albany, Georgetown and Floyds Knobs.
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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73,
Washington County, and portions
of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 
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State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) represents House District 70,
which includes portions of Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties.
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