Southside Indy legislators: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Southside Indy legislators: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:04 am

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 23, 2020) – Southside Indianapolis lawmakers encourage local college students and recent graduates looking to gain valuable work experience to apply online for a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse.

"We've had several talented young professionals from our community intern at the Statehouse through this program," said State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove). "This internship sets them up for success, and even led to full-time job opportunities. I can't think of a better way to gain valuable experience while networking with Indiana leaders."

Before the start of each legislative session, House Republicans hire interns to help legislators and staff with the increased workload. State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) said positions are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as recent college graduates, and law school and graduate students. 

"An internship is an excellent way to stand out from a crowded applicant pool," Behning said. "Employers are looking for new hires who can hit the ground running, and this program can help. From developing your writing and time management skills to collaborating with others, our internship can further prepare young adults for their careers."

According to State Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis), all majors are welcome to apply online for internships in a variety of areas, including legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy and fiscal policy. Previous political or government experience is not required. 

"Among the unique aspects of this internship program is the opportunity to network with community and business leaders from across the state," said Sherman, who started her career as a legislative intern. "Interns interact with lawmakers and stakeholders from all walks of life. There is always something to be learned at the Statehouse, regardless of your major or interest." 

These full-time internships take place Monday through Friday, lasting from January through April in 2021. According to State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis), interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Interns are also eligible for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

"Our interns are an integral part of the legislative session," Speedy said. "They help constituents who contact the office, research policies and work on important tasks that can help our community."

The legislature may make certain changes to the internship program due to the impacts of COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, but any adjustments will be communicated to candidates and intern hires.

Students should apply before the Oct. 31 deadline online at IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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State Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 93,
which includes portions of Marion and Johnson counties.

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State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 90,
which includes portions of Marion County.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Beech Grove resident Dolan Monroe joins State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) in the House Chamber located at the Indiana Statehouse. Monroe interned with the House of Representatives throughout the 2018 legislative session and is now a full-time legislative assistant with the House Republican Caucus.