Vigo County legislators: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, September 21, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2020) Vigo County 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 in Indianapolis.

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

"Over the years, there have been so many students who served as interns and have moved on to tremendous careers and opportunities," Heaton said. "It's a program that continues to serve as a training ground for many future leaders."

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

"The Indiana General Assembly is truly a melting pot of diverse backgrounds and knowledge," Borders said. "Interning during the legislative session exposes you to different ideas and provides experiences that can be carried over to a variety of jobs."

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. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) said interns are also eligible for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

"This is an opportunity to get out of the classroom and learn how the legislative process functions behind the scenes and in person," Morrison said. "Interns will work alongside legislators on a daily basis while making connections with staffers and community and business leaders that could lead to future employment."

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. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay,
Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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