Rep. Bacon: House internships offer networking, professional experiences

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, September 16, 2016 8:50 am

The Indiana House of Representatives offers full-time, paid internships to those looking to gain a hands-on work experience. This internship program is a unique opportunity open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, law-school students and recent college graduates.

Interning with the House will expand students’ professional skills as they learn more about Indiana’s government. All majors are welcome to apply, and no previous political or government experience is required. I encourage those who can commit to working full-time in Indianapolis from January through April of next year to apply. Session is a busy time of year for lawmakers, and a typical work day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., with some late evenings filled with debate on the House floor.

As an Indiana House Republican intern, students will typically be paired with a full-time staffer and work with a group of legislators. There are five departments looking for interns:

  • Legislative: Interns will be paired with a full-time legislative assistant as they work directly with an assigned group of state representatives. Some of the responsibilities include: tracking legislation, working with constituents and researching legislative questions or problems.
  • Communications: Interns will be paired with a full-time press secretary as they assist with media relations for an assigned group of state representatives. Some of the responsibilities include: writing press releases, producing audio and video, managing social media, arranging interviews with reporters, photographing events and covering press conferences.
  • Technology: Interns will help provide technical support to the caucus for laptops and tablets and assist with the livestreaming of official house business online.
  • Fiscal Policy: Intern will work with the fiscal staff on issues that directly relate to the state’s finances and biennial budget.
  • Policy: Intern will work alongside the policy staff in tracking and analyzing legislation.

This internship program takes place during the spring semester and offers a bi-weekly compensation of $700 and an opportunity to earn college credit. I recommend this prospect to those who want to gain professional experience, strengthen resumes, as well as learn more about state government, politics and the legislative process.

The application deadline is Oct. 31.  To learn more about these internships and to apply, visit www.indianahouserepublicans.com/internship. If you have any questions, please reach out to my office at 317-232-9833 or h75@iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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