Rep. Ober: Explore Indiana House of Representatives internship opportunities

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Friday, October 2, 2015

Explore Indiana House of Representatives internship opportunities

Earning on-the-job work experience is an important part of building your resume and finding jobs after college graduation. One way to gain this work experience is through a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives.

In particular, the House Republican Internship Program provides a tremendous opportunity for students to gain experience within a variety of fields and all majors are welcome to apply. There are five different types of internships available including legislative, communications, information technology, policy and fiscal policy.

A legislative intern will work directly with a legislative assistant as well as an assigned group of state representatives. They will assist by researching and responding to legislative questions posed by lawmakers and their constituents. If you have ever contacted my office during the legislative session, an intern likely assisted in some way as we searched for answers to your questions.

Similarly, a communications intern will also work directly with a communications staff member as well as an assigned group of state representatives. Interns will help write news releases, create e-newsletters and attend press conferences. An intern in this role may even get to work directly with reporters who work for our community’s local news outlets.

Information technology interns will work to support tech functions including live streaming the legislative session and solving technical issues. Policy and fiscal policy interns will work with policy experts and delve deeply into how legislation will impact the state.

This internship program is not only beneficial for those looking to build their resume, but also for legislators and staff. During the legislative session, it is critical to have an adequate amount of staff to support the legislative process. Interns play a vital role in ensuring work gets done and that session runs smoothly. Because these interns gain essential first-hand experience needed to support the Legislature, former interns are often the first to be considered for full-time positions. In fact, both my current legislative assistant and press secretary were once interns in the program.

To apply, eligible students must be a sophomore, junior, senior or recent college graduate. The paid internship is a full-time, commitment in our state’s capitol and runs from early January through March 2016. Special arrangements may be made for those who take night classes, and students may be able to receive course credit for the internship.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit www.indianahouserepublicans.com/2016-house-republican-internship-program/. If you have any questions regarding the program, contact intern directors Erika Hall at erika.hall@iga.in.gov or Zach Weismiller at zach.weismiller@iga.in.gov.

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