Monroe County legislators: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, September 18, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 18, 2020) – Local college students and recent graduates looking to gain valuable work experience should apply online for a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, according to local lawmakers.

Before the start of each legislative session, State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) said House Republicans hire interns to help legislators and staff with the increased workload. Positions are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"The legislative session is by far the busiest time of year for state lawmakers," Ellington said. "Our internship program is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to get extensive experience working alongside legislators and have a front row seat to see how laws are created and debated."

According to State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville), all majors are welcome to apply online for internships in a variety of areas, including legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy and fiscal policy. Previous political or government experience is not required. 

"Regardless of their major, students interested in the legislative process should take advantage of this internship," Mayfield said. "Learning how public policy is formed while networking with professionals from across the state builds skills, knowledge and connections that are valuable to new job seekers."

These full-time internships take place Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April in 2021. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Interns are also eligible for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) said the legislature may make certain changes to the internship program due to the impacts of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, but any adjustments will be communicated to candidates and intern hires.

"Over the years, there have been so many students who served as interns and have moved on to tremendous careers and opportunities," Heaton said. "It's a program that continues to serve as a training ground for many future leaders."

Students should apply before the Oct. 31 deadline online at


State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60,
which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties.
She is the assistant majority floor leader and serves on the
House Ways and Means, Public Policy and Insurance committees.
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State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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