Marion County lawmakers seek applicants for paid Statehouse internship

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, August 5, 2019 10:56 am

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 5, 2019) – Marion County 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. 

Local legislators seeking interns include State Reps. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove), Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis) and Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis).

Behning said local college and graduate students, and recent graduates should apply before Oct. 31. 

“This internship builds on classroom knowledge, and students and graduates are able gain experience they can utilize in the workforce,” Behning said. “While sharpening their skills, these young professionals work with elected officials, business leaders and community members, establishing a strong professional network that often leads to full-time employment.” 

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

“This internship is excellent for young Hoosiers interested in being involved in our government, especially at the state level,” Kirchhofer said. “From covering the committee process to working with the media, interns have the opportunity to expand their skills in an area of interest. Students from our area who have participated in the program continue to stay involved and make a difference in our community.”

Sherman 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. 

“Employers value and look for the skills job candidates gain through programs like this,” Sherman said. “The Indiana House Republican internship sets applicants apart from others, and connects young professionals with leaders in the private and public sectors.”

According to Speedy, these 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. Speedy said interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

“During the legislative session, interns become an extension of our full-time staff, working behind the scenes to support legislators in the House Chamber,” Speedy said. “There are few internships that provide the kind of hands-on experience and opportunities like the House Republican program.”

More information about the Indiana House Republican Internship Program and the application can be found at www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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State Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 93,
which includes portions of Marion and Johnson counties.

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State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 90,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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