Southwest Indiana lawmakers: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Tuesday, September 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 29, 2020) – Local legislators encourage area 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 in Indianapolis.

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

"Every session, I look forward to working with interns who are focused on gaining new skills and jumpstarting their careers," McNamara said. "The program offers unique, invaluable hands-on experience. As a former House intern, I really grew my passion for public service."

According to State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka), 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. 

"Interns with the House come from all over Indiana, other states, and even other countries," Hostettler said. "Their diverse backgrounds and areas of study add to the overall experience, and relationships are formed that carry beyond their time at the Statehouse. Our internship program is an excellent way to build your resume and making professional connections that can lead to a rewarding career."

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

"Internships provide valuable experience, setting participants apart from their peers when applying for jobs," Sullivan said. "Not only do students build their resumes, skills and network, but they are part of the meaningful work we do on behalf of constituents."

She said 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


State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Patoka) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County
and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents House District 78,
which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.
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