One of the best opportunities for students interested in politics and government 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. We are now accepting applications for the 2012 legislative session.
Qualified candidates for the internship are 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 is 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.
There are four different internships available in the following departments:
Our interns are paid; they receive a biweekly stipend of $700 and are given free parking. This is full-time internship and the typical day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, interns are encouraged to stay to provide needed aid to staff and legislators if session runs late. Applications will be accepted until October 31, and interviews are scheduled after all required materials have been received.
Many of our interns find that the internship turns into full-time employment once session is over or end up working for the government in a different capacity. This internship can lay the foundation for a robust career. The skills attained and connections made will prove to be invaluable, and I highly encourage anyone interested to apply.
You can apply by going to this website: http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/intern2011.html
This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested. I hope to see you at the Statehouse.
Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)