Each legislative session, I have the pleasure of personally working with the interns. I look forward to meeting with them, learning about their families and their educational experiences. There are so many beneficial things about the internship program with the Indiana House Republicans; it is difficult to narrow them down.
One of the most enticing parts about the internship program here is that it is a full time, paid experience. The program begins in January and continues through the end of April, with a biweekly stipend of $700. College sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students or recent graduates are encouraged to apply for a position in one of five available departments.
Member Services interns work directly with a Legislative Assistant and are assigned to a group of state representatives. Some of their responsibilities include: tracking legislation, working with constituents and researching legislative questions or problems.
Communications interns have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Press Secretary and their caseload of state representatives. They assist with writing publications, video production, social media analysis, arranging interviews with reporters, photography and covering press conferences.
Information technology interns work with the IT Director and PC Technician and provide technical support to the caucus for their laptops and tablets.
Policy interns work with the Policy Director, Deputy Policy Director and Policy Analyst to research, track and analyze legislation. If you have an interest in how bills are created and implemented, this department is the right fit for you.
The Ways and Means intern works directly with the Senior Fiscal Analyst and Fiscal Analyst on issues that directly relate to the state’s finances. This role will be exciting this session as we work to craft the state’s biennial budget.
Interns will work Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a competitive $3,000 Verizon scholarship available which can be applied toward undergraduate or graduate expenses. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, and the application for the internship program can be found at http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/intern/2014app.pdf.
If you have any questions, or want to learn more about what this program can offer you, visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/intern.html.
I always look forward to meeting my interns as they are an integral part of the way the legislators work. They work hard, and in turn are given an experience which will help them once they start looking for a job after college. I encourage you to look into this program and guide any college students you know towards this amazing experience.
Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.