[r82] COLUMN: Gain experience with the House of Representatives (9/26/2014)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Start Date: 9/26/2014 Start Time: 9:30 AM
End Date: 9/26/2014 End Time: 9:30 AM
Gain experience with the House of Representatives

I recently had the opportunity to spend time with a few of our House staffers as they were recruiting potential interns for the Indiana House of Representatives. The Job and Internship Fair, hosted by Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), gave me a great opportunity to meet all the students that are interested in state government. 

I was pleased by the interest and depth of student questions because it showed that the students within our community have bright futures ahead of them. 

As I discussed the opportunity at hand with the students I mentioned that I wish I had interned with the House Republicans before becoming a state representative. The experience offers a great opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how bills progress from creation to state law. It’s difficult to understand completely, without being a part of the process.

After becoming a state representative, there was a sharp learning curve. I had always had an interest in politics and state government but I unfortunately did not take advantage of the internship opportunity. If I had, I would have had a better understanding of how our government works and that knowledge would have helped me as a new legislator. 

This full-time internship is for everyone interested in learning about government, how our state runs, and how laws are created. Even if you are not necessarily a political science major, but have an interest in government or policy, this is a paid opportunity that can both satisfy your interests and possibly academic credit requirements.

As an intern, you will get to work directly with state representatives. Interns will be paired with a House Staff member within one of our several departments including member services, communications, policy, information technology and ways and means. Undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates can apply for this opportunity.

In addition to being a paid internship, our interns will have the chance to apply for exclusive scholarships and network with numerous people who work within statehouse. The professional experience gained here can also transfer to many different industries that students may want to pursue.

If you are interested in learning more, visit our internship website at http://www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans/intern.html. Here you can learn about the different internship duties and fill out the online application. The application deadline is October 31, which is quickly approaching. 

I encourage all those applicable with an interest in government, policy, communications, or finance to apply. Do not pass up this opportunity if it is something you can see yourself enjoying. Hopefully, I will get to see students from our community at the statehouse during the upcoming session.


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Rep. Ober represents all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Picture attached, Rep. Ober discusses the 2015 House Republican Internship Program with a student at the IPFW Job and Internship Fair.

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