Rep. Smaltz: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Rep. Smaltz: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Tuesday, April 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2019) – A DeKalb High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

Chandler Likes, an Auburn resident, is the son of Kevin and Karen Likes. He recently graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington), earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. Recently accepted to law school, Likes has plans to become a defense attorney in northern Indiana.

“Every year, it’s so encouraging to see young people take up an internship at the Statehouse,” Smaltz said. “Interns are important to our day-to-day operations, and behind the scenes. I encourage students in the Northeast Indiana, and from around the state to look into this opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experience.”

As a legislative intern, Likes corresponds with constituents through phone calls, letters, and emails while also staffing committee hearings and floor proceedings.

“I have learned a great deal about the state government throughout my time at the Statehouse,” Likes said. “In addition, I have also gained a professional skillset that will help me in the future. The best part about this job is having the opportunity to help local people connect with their legislators to improve our state.”

Each year, the House of Representatives offers paid internship opportunities to college students, law-school students, graduate students and recent college graduates for the duration of each legislative session.

Visit for more information about the House Republican Internship Program.


State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents all of DeKalb County,

and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.