[R76] Rep. McNamara: Intern at the Indiana Statehouse (9/11/2012)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Start Date: 9/11/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/11/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM
Intern at the Indiana Statehouse

Following the New Year, anticipation fills the Statehouse as the House is back in session and members are gaveled in. It is an exciting time for both members and staff. All of the hard work that went in during the interim, meeting and listening to constituents to better understand the needs and demands of the district, sets the stage for the session’s legislative agenda. 

The Indiana House Republican Internship Program helps in facilitating the day-to-day activities during session and offers a panoramic view of working in public service. Within that view, there are four concentrations to consider when applying to be an intern: member services, media, computer/technology and policy/fiscal. All of these positions offer a rewarding experience in working with the Legislature and its counterparts. 

The legislators and staff work extremely hard to provide interns with an experience that will help them grow both professionally and personally. Dependent on the internship concentration, interns will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with public officials, members of the media, committee members and the public in an effort to further develop and expand their skill set. 

The skills and lessons learned are the cornerstone of the internship, but interns are also given a chance to expand their professional network throughout their time at the Statehouse. They work side by side with us during session, and over the last two years I have had the privilege to work with some truly talented interns.

Undergraduates and graduates of all academic majors are encouraged to apply as the General Assembly covers every critical issue pertinent to Indiana. The internship lasts the duration of the 2013 legislative session, beginning in January and ending in April. It is a full-time, paid position, Monday through Friday. 

Interns receive a $700 bi-weekly stipend and are eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 Verizon Scholarship. The scholarship can be applied toward educational expenses for the student’s current or future undergraduate or graduate studies. I understand that taking a semester off is not always the easiest for students, which is why the Statehouse offers academic credit for the internship and a night class. Most Indiana colleges and universities offer internship class credit, so students should be able to get a two-for-one and stay on track for graduation.

The 2013 Indiana House Republican Internship Program is accepting applications now through October 31.

For a detailed description of each concentration and additional information concerning the internship program, or to apply, please visit www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/intern.html.

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