At the start of each year, the Indiana House of Representatives welcomes many interns to the Statehouse in Indianapolis. These interns assist legislators and staff with daily duties, while also gaining vital hands-on experience to help them launch their careers. In today’s competitive job market, those applying for a position need to make themselves stand out amongst other candidates. An internship is a good way for job seekers to strengthen their resumes, build confidence and achieve full-time employment.
The House of Representatives is currently seeking to fill internship positions for the 2017 legislative session, which runs from January through April. These positions are full time, Monday through Friday. The work day is typically from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interns are part of partisan staff, so applicants should apply for either the Democratic or Republican program.
Internships with the House of Representatives are open to college students, graduate students, those in law school and recent graduates.
Benefits include a bi-weekly compensation of $700, resume building and networking. Interns enrolled in college often earn academic credits. House Republicans also provide a scholarship to a top intern.
Our internship program is often a gateway to full-time employment. Many staff members with the House of Representative began their careers as interns. In fact, some legislators were former interns. Other former interns work at state agencies or in the political realm. Some put the skills they honed – like time management, multi-tasking and writing – to use in the private sector.
House Republican internships are available in various departments, including legislative, communications, technology, fiscal policy and policy. Legislative interns working directly with an assigned group of state representatives conduct research, respond to constituent inquiries, track proposals moving through the legislative process and cover committee hearings.
Interns with the House Republican Communications Office function as deputy press secretaries who write press releases, guest columns and electronic newsletters. They also update content on websites, monitor news coverage and assist with press conferences.
Technology interns provide computer, tablet and phone support while troubleshooting diverse software problems. They also help livestream video for session and committee meetings.
Those who enjoy numbers and math may want to consider interning with the fiscal policy office, helping to monitor tax- and finance-related bills, maintaining a bill tracking database and preparing summaries of committee actions.
Our Policy Department needs an intern who can help research, track and analyze legislation.
While these internship positions are diverse, the 2017 intern class will work as a team supporting the House of Representatives throughout the upcoming legislative session. To learn more about the program, visit www.indianahouserepublicans.com and click on Student Opportunities.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, and interviews are currently being scheduled. Please note that the Indiana House of Representatives hires interns each year, so if this next session is not practical, consider the possibility for the future.
Throughout my time serving as your state representative, I have enjoyed working with many young students who are looking to gain a unique, behind-the-scenes look into how our government works. I encourage you to share this message to any eligible college students or recent graduates.
State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.
A high-resolution photo of McNamara can be downloaded by clicking here.