[r63] Messmer Report: Launch your career with a House internship

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, September 16, 2011

In today's job market it is common for students graduating from college to have had at least one, if not multiple, internships. For college-aged students interested in politics and government one of the best opportunities is an internship with the Indiana House of Representatives. It is available for students who want firsthand experience to see state government and the legislative process in action, while also gaining valuable skills in a professional work environment.

For the internship, qualified candidates are either graduate or undergraduate students (sophomores and above), who are hardworking and motivated. Our interns have always come from a variety of educational backgrounds, such as political science, business, history and communications. The internship will last throughout the 2012 legislative session, which will be from the beginning of January through March. 

Each of our interns will be paired with a full-time staffer and given many important responsibilities.  Interns are relied upon heavily during session, as workloads dramatically increase during this time.

Four different internships available in the following departments:

·         Member Services - Interns will work directly with an assigned group of three state representatives. They are responsible for assisting in research, tracking legislation and helping constituents who are experiencing problems with various state agencies.

  • Media - Interns will work directly with an assigned group of eight state legislators. They are responsible for writing news releases and contributing to various publications in addition to gaining firsthand experience with the member's media on a daily basis.
  • Computer/Technology - The IT intern works with the entire caucus by providing technical support to legislators.
  • Policy/Fiscal - The policy intern works with the legal team to research, track and analyze legislation. The policy intern also prepares committee reports for legislators.

Our interns will receive a biweekly stipend of $700 and are given free parking. This is a full-time internship. Applications are now being accepted and will be until the October 31deadline. Interviews will be scheduled after all required materials have been received.

Many of our interns have found full-time positions with the House Republicans and other state agencies once session was over. This internship can lay the foundation for a strong career. The skills and connections that our interns will obtain will prove to be invaluable, and I highly encourage anyone interested to apply.

You can apply by going to this website:www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans and then clicking Student Opportunities at the top of the page.

This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested. I hope to see you at the Statehouse.

Finally, it was recently announced by the Indiana Department of Education that Otwell Elementary School is a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education honors schools that demonstrate student achievement gains or score at very high levels on state assessments. Otwell Elementary continues to set a high standard for other schools in the state and their leadership in education is an asset to our community. Congratulations to the faculty, staff, students and parents of Otwell Elementary.