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[R29] Internships at the Statehouse
Start Date: 9/5/2012Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/6/2012End Time: 12:00 PM
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Internships at the Statehouse

Interacting with the interns that come to the Statehouse each year from all over Indiana is one of my favorite parts of the legislative session. Many college students are unsure what they are looking to do after they graduate, and an internship is a valuable tool when taking the leap from graduation to a career. For those that have not yet graduated, having a paid internship where students have the opportunity to simultaneously earn college credit may seem too good to be true, but it is a reality at the Indiana General Assembly Internship Program.

Internships are nonpartisan programs offered by both the House and Senate Republicans and Democrats. There are four concentrations to consider for the internship program including member services, media, computer/technology and policy/fiscal. I may be a little biased when deciding which intern program I believe to be the best, but that will not stop me from saying that the House Republicans offer the best internships!

The House legislators and staff work closely with the interns to provide them with an experience that will help them grow both professionally and personally. The internship programs offer real life experience where the interns can be part of the legislative process. The opportunity gives the student a unique in-person view of each position on every level of state government working together toward a better Indiana. 

The skills and lessons learned are the cornerstone of any internship program, but the networking aspect of the program is second to none in Indiana. A typical day during session will have interns interacting with legislators, lawyers, entrepreneurs, government officials, private sector liaisons and health professionals, just to name a few. Every intern in the Statehouse has the chance to prove their work ethic to numerous people from a variety of professions on a daily basis. 

The interns work side by side with us in the legislative trenches, and I have developed lasting relationships with interns that I have had throughout the years. It is truly delightful to watch them grow throughout the program and launch into successful careers across the state. Many are now full-time employees for the House Republicans, while others are working in various agencies or governmental affair jobs representing a wide range of organizations. 

Undergraduates and graduates of all academic majors are welcome to apply, but it is most beneficial for individuals who desire to learn more about the legislative process as well as gain professional experience. The internship lasts the entire 2013 legislative session, which begins in January and ends in April, Monday through Friday and is a fulltime position. 

Interns receive a $700 bi-weekly stipend and are eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 Verizon scholarship. The scholarship can be applied toward educational expenses for the student’s current or future undergraduate or graduate studies. Another great factor is the ability for students to work with their schools to obtain academic credit for the internship. Most Indiana colleges and universities offer internship class credit, and it helps students stay on track for graduation. 

The 2013 House Republican Internship Program is accepting applications now through October 31.

If you want to see the General Assembly from the inside out then an internship at the Indiana Statehouse is for you.  I am excited about the program and look forward to introducing the House intern class of 2013! 

For a detailed description of each concentration and additional information concerning the internship program, or to apply, please visit www.in.gov/legislative/house_republicans, select the ‘Student Opportunities’ tab at the top of the page, then select ‘Internships.’ 

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Contact Information:
Name: Michael Niland
Phone: 317-232-9805
Email: mniland@iga.in.gov
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