[r55] COLUMN: Become a House of Representatives intern (9/26/2014)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Start Date: 9/26/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/26/2014
Become a House of Representatives intern

Relevant work experience can make all the difference when you are working towards the next step in your career. There are multiple ways students can achieve their goals including earning their degree. Real-work experience is always a great way to supplement a student’s education and help get them into their desired career. 

One way to gain work experience is through an internship. As a mother of two grown-up children, I have always encouraged them to explore opportunities, like internships, that help them be better prepared for their futures.

I am pleased to announce that the Indiana House of Representatives is accepting applications for internships during the 2015 session, offering undergraduate, graduate or recently graduated students a unique and rewarding experience. Students will get to work closely with legislators and staff at the Statehouse, while developing an understanding of the legislative process. 

The internship begins January 2015 and ends in late April. It is a full-time internship, so each student will generally work from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Colleges and universities may offer course credit for the internship, so applicants should work with their advisors to obtain academic credit. It’s always a pleasure to work each and every day with our interns. I always look forward to meeting them and their families.

With tuition and additional costs, we understand the challenges that come with earning a degree. Therefore, I am proud that our interns are paid a biweekly stipend for their hard work and dedication throughout session. Our interns are also eligible for a Verizon scholarship which can go towards undergraduate or graduate expenses.

Applicants can apply for internships in several departments including member services, communications, information technology, policy and ways and means. Member services interns are paired with legislative assistants. I work with my legislative assistant as my own bills are introduced, assigned to committee and voted upon. 

Communication interns work with a press secretary as they assist with media relations and can help draft publications and work with various media outlets. For example, I might work with my press secretary and intern when creating a news release or to organize an interview with a local newspaper. 

This year, the House Ways and Means Committee will be drafting our budget and appropriations, so the Ways and Means intern will work with Fiscal Analysts on issues that relate to the state’s finances. The public policy and information technology interns will also be essential this session, by helping our government operate efficiently throughout session.

I encourage all those eligible to apply, and I am hopeful that we’ll have a few interns to represent our communities in southeast Indiana. The deadline to apply is October 31st and interviews are conducted as applications are received by staff, so make sure you submit your application soon! I am excited by the prospect of having an intern from our community at the statehouse this session! If you are interested in applying or want to learn more information, visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/intern.html. 

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Rep. Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.

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