Mahan: Intern today, lead tomorrow with a House internship

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, August 5, 2016 2:13 pm

Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives offers full-time, paid internships to current college and graduate students, recent graduates and law-school students. If this is you, and you are interested in expanding your professional skills and learning more about Indiana’s government, I encourage you to apply to be a session intern.

If you plan to apply, you must be able to commit to working full time in Indianapolis from January through April. As lawmakers meet for session, it is a busy time. While a typical work day starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., there are some late evenings filled with debate on the House floor.

As an Indiana House Republican intern, you will typically be paired with a full-time staffer and work with a group of legislators. Based on your interests, skills and background, you could work as an intern in one of five departments: 

  • Legislative: Interns will be paired with a full-time legislative assistant as they work directly with an assigned group of state representatives. Some of the responsibilities include: tracking legislation, working with constituents and researching legislative questions or problems.
  • Communications: Interns will be paired with a full-time press secretary as they assist with media relations for an assigned group of state representatives. Some of the responsibilities include: writing press releases, producing audio and video, managing social media, arranging interviews with reporters, photographing events and covering press conferences. 
  • Technology: Interns will help provide technical support to the caucus for laptops and tablets and assist with the livestreaming of official house business online.
  • Fiscal Policy: Intern will work with the fiscal staff on issues that directly relate to the state’s finances and biennial budget.
  • Policy: Intern will work alongside the policy staff in tracking and analyzing legislation.

Each year, I am impressed with the knowledge and expertise our interns bring to the table. They offer an increased level of eagerness to learn, which is valuable to me as a state representative.

This internship offers many opportunities for interns to grow as young professionals. You have the chance to earn college credit, participate in networking events, and add skills and experiences to your resume. Participants receive bi-weekly compensation of $700 and can also apply for a scholarship.

We operate under the motto: Intern Today. Lead Tomorrow. Oftentimes, our interns go on to be employed full-time with the House of Representatives, while others have gone on to work for state agencies, other branches of government, the private sector and even in the political world. In fact, some legislators are former interns.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, and interviews are currently being scheduled. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship. If you have any questions, please reach out to my office at 317-232-9509 or h31@iga.in.gov.

 

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State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) represents

portions of Blackford, Delaware, Grant and Wells counties. 

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