Mahan: Intern with the Indiana House Republicans

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, September 18, 2015 9:27 am

Intern with the Indiana House Republicans 

For students or recent graduates interested in state government, I encourage you to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship program. This invaluable opportunity allows students to become immersed in the legislative process and observe how our government operates during the 2016 legislative session, which runs January through March. 

This is a paid internship, providing students with a $700 bi-weekly compensation, and it is offered to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent graduates, regardless of concentration. Besides the countless networking opportunities, interns are able to apply for a competitive scholarship which is awarded to one intern from each caucus, based on overall performance. Additionally, most universities allow students to obtain academic credit for participating in the program, so if you are interested, I encourage you to coordinate with your academic advisor to determine credit eligibility. 

Interns generally work full-time (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), Monday through Friday. Internships are offered in five areas; Legislative, Communications, Technology, Policy and Fiscal, and each one provides a unique opportunity to work with different representatives and staff members. 

As a legislative intern, you will work with a full-time legislative assistant working directly with an assigned group of state representatives. These interns will be in direct contact with constituents and state agencies and are responsible for tracking legislation as well as researching topics related to bills going through the legislative process. 

Our communication interns are paired with a full-time press secretary. A large part of their time is spent writing press releases, assisting with video production, working on social media campaigns, covering press conferences and setting up interviews with reporters. 

The technology interns work directly with our IT Director and PC Technician to provide technical support and individual training to the caucus. These interns will also troubleshoot diverse software, hardware and network problems and monitor our live streams of committee meetings and session. 

Our policy intern spends time delving into policy topics and the Indiana Code. They work with the members of our policy team to track and analyze legislation. This internship is unique because you also act as the bill reader when the House is in session. 

Lastly, students who are interested in learning more about Indiana’s economic policy should apply for the fiscal internship. While working with the Senior Fiscal Analyst and Fiscal Analyst, you will be able to focus on issues that directly relate to the state’s finances and biennial budget.

Keep in mind, this was just a brief overview of internship positions, and more information can be found by visiting our website: www.indianahouserepublicans.com/2016-house-republican-internship-program/. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, so if you have any questions about the internship or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact me by calling 317-232-9509 or emailing h31@iga.in.gov

As a lawmaker, I work very closely with my interns each session, and they play a vital role in this institution as well as the legislative process. I encourage every student from House District 31 to apply for this great opportunity, and I hope to see you at the Statehouse next session!

 

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