Pressel: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Monday, September 28, 2020 10:55 am

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 28, 2020) – State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) encourages 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. Positions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"Getting paid to work in the Statehouse full time is an experience that you cannot get from a classroom," Pressel said. "You have the opportunity to work with state lawmakers, constituents and business leaders on top of gaining new skills – all of which can open doors for future employment."

According to Pressel, 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. 

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.  

Pressel 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.

Students should apply before the Oct. 31 deadline online at


State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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Photo Caption: LaPorte County resident Jessica Bruder, a communications intern, joins State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) in the House Chamber at the Indiana Statehouse during the 2018 legislative session. After her internship, Bruder worked full-time as Pressel's press secretary and now serves as communications director for La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody.