Rep. Arnold encourages students to apply for the Indiana House Internship Program
As session rapidly approaches, I wanted to let you know of a unique and rewarding experience with the Indiana House of Representatives. Each year, the House offers an internship program for college students and recent graduates who are interested in state government, media, technology and policy. This is a full-time, paid internship at the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis, and all academic majors are accepted.
Interns will generally work from 8:30a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday while receiving a bi-weekly stipend of $700. In addition, interns are eligible and encouraged to apply for a competitive $3,000 Verizon scholarship to use towards their undergraduate or graduate expenses. Most colleges and universities also offer course credit for this program, so applicants are advised to work with their school to obtain academic credit for the internship.
With the fast-paced nature of session, our interns become an integral part of the team. Whether they are researching a constituent issue, writing press releases or troubleshooting a technology issue, interns are relied upon on a daily basis. Because of the amount of responsibility our interns are given, this is a learning experience parallel to none.
Applicants are asked to choose their preference of one of the following departments:
• Member Services: Interns will be paired with a full-time Legislative Assistant as they work directly with an assigned group of state representatives. Some of the responsibilities include: tracking legislation, working with constituents and researching legislative questions or problems.
• Communications: Interns will be paired with a full-time Press Secretary as they assist with media relations for an assigned group of state representatives. Some of the responsibilities include: writing publications, video production, social media analysis, arranging interviews with reporters, photography and covering press conferences.
• Information Technology: Technology interns will work with the IT Director and PC Technician in providing technical support to the caucus for laptops and tablets.
• Policy: The policy intern will work with the Policy Director, Deputy Policy Director and Policy Analyst to research, track and analyze legislation.
• Ways and Means: The Ways and Means intern will work with the Senior Fiscal Analyst and Fiscal Analyst on issues that directly relate to the state’s finances and biennial budget.
I encourage those who are interested to apply as soon as possible as interviews are set on a rolling basis. The deadline for students to get their applications in is October 31. Applications require some background information and a short writing sample about why the applicant would like to intern for the House. For more information on this program, please feel free to visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/intern.html or contact Jacob Quinn, Intern Director at Jacob.Quinn@iga.in.gov. Or, if you are interested in the Communications Department specifically, please contact Ali Norman, Communications Intern Director at Ali.Norman@iga.in.gov.