Northeast Indiana lawmakers: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, September 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 16, 2020) – Area lawmakers encourage local college students and recent graduates looking to gain valuable work experience to apply online for a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

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

"Each intern class has a meaningful impact on the work we, as state lawmakers, do each legislative session," Abbott said. "This program is open to all majors, offers a variety of fields to utilize different talents and has multiple positions available within the communication, legislative or policy teams."

According to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), 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.

"Some students might shy away from this program thinking their major doesn't apply, but I encourage these students to take a second look," Smaltz said. "At the Statehouse, we tackle legislation relating to nearly every industry and profession in one way or another." 

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. State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) said interns are also eligible for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

"The current job market is incredibly competitive, and a rock-solid resume is necessary to getting a foot in the door," Zent said. "It also doesn't hurt to have a vast network to lean on, and this program puts interns in contact with a wide variety of potential employment sources."

According to Zent, 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.

Students should apply before the Oct. 31 deadline online at


State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes 
all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.
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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which

includes all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51,

which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

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