Region lawmakers seek applicants for paid Statehouse internship

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, August 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 9, 2019) – Northwest Indiana lawmakers invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Local legislators seeking interns include State Reps. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron), Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie), Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville). 

Aylesworth said local college and graduate students, and recent graduates should apply before Oct. 31.

“Interns have many opportunities to connect with individuals across the state,” Aylesworth said. “The networking skills they develop here at the Statehouse are invaluable, and will help propel them to the next step in obtaining careers.”

According to Pressel, the internship program is a unique opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply skills in a real-world setting. He said the paid internship is full-time and takes place during the spring semester.

“The internship program often results in full-time employment for many interns at the Statehouse,” Pressel said. “In fact, both of my staffers were interns just a few years ago. This program is a great opportunity that can open many doors for those interested in jumpstarting their career.”

Soliday said internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas, focusing on legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

“The House internship program offers positions in many different areas,” Soliday said. “Applicants can select the area they would like to work in and tailor the experience to suit their interests and goals. I can’t think of a better way for students to prepare themselves for the workforce after their college graduation.”

According to Gutwein, these positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Gutwein said interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

“Our interns have a hand in a wide range of tasks and projects,” Gutwein said. “Their experiences here at the Statehouse help them hone their skills and prepare for future careers. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and I strongly encourage students from our community to apply.”

More information about the Indiana House Republican Internship Program and the application can be found at The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.


State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) represents House District 11,
which includes portions of Lake and Porter counties. 
here for a high-resolution photo.

State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
here for a high-resolution photo.

State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
 here for a high-resolution photo.

State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House
District 4, which includes a portion of Porter County. 
here for a high-resolution photo.