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[r29] Column: Internships available in the Indiana House of Representatives
Start Date: 9/18/2013Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/18/2013End Time: 1:59 PM
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Internships available in the Indiana House of Representatives

In today’s competitive job market, relevant work experience can make all the difference between obtaining a job or having to continue searching for other opportunities. Many young people who earned degrees the last couple of years didn’t have jobs prior to graduation, and, for those that did, sometimes it wasn’t in their field of study. 

To be able to secure a full-time position, it is very important to have gained real-world experience through internships or apprenticeships. These kinds of opportunities are great ways for students or recent graduates to distinguish themselves from other candidates in the marketplace, and the Indiana House of Representatives is providing such an opportunity this upcoming legislative session.

For any college student interested in government, working in the House of Representatives is a unique and rewarding opportunity. The Indiana House of Representative Internship Program is now accepting applicants for next year with programs available in the Republican and Democratic caucuses. Each side of the aisle gives students the opportunity to gain professional experience while also taking part in the legislative process.

House interns serve the entire duration of the legislative session, which next year will be from early January to mid-March. It is a full-time internship, so each student is encouraged to work with their academic advisor if they are still in school to stay on a 4-year degree path. Most Indiana colleges and universities offer a full semester of academic credit to students who complete the legislative internship program. 

Unlike many other internship programs nowadays, interns will be compensated for their time and service, $700 biweekly. They are also eligible to apply for a $3000 scholarship from Verizon to be applied to future educational expenses. Applicants from all academic majors are accepted.

When applying, Interns choose one of four concentrations within the internship program: member services, communications, fiscal/policy and computer/technology. Member services interns work with a full-time legislative assistant to directly communicate with constituents, research specific bills and provide legislators with important daily information.

Communications interns work with a full-time press secretary to write news releases, create publications and schedule interviews with different print, radio and television stations throughout the state. Technology interns will work directly with full-time technology specialists to provide computer support for legislators and staff. Policy and fiscal interns work with full-time policy and fiscal staff members to track bills as they move through the legislative process and draft summaries on current legislation.

Students interested in working for our caucus need to apply before the October 31 deadline, but the sooner you get the application submitted the better! To apply online, visit The website provides many informative videos and additional information about each department to assist applicants. 

We always have some interns from our area serve at the Statehouse, and I hope to see that trend continue. Indianapolis and central Indiana have become a major attraction for the youngest and brightest of our state – and from around the Midwest – as was published in a recent study, Best Cities for Money-savvy College Grads. 

In the study, 50 of the largest U.S. urban areas were examined in determining the best places for young professionals to begin their lives. Three factors were looked at: unemployment rate for college graduates, local wage premium for a college degree and cost of living. 

The study ranked Indianapolis as the number one city for college grads.

With a college graduation unemployment rate of 1.9 percent, Indianapolis set the bar high for all other major urban areas in the country. In looking at the whole state, Indiana boosts one of the most attractive business climates in the country with jobs continuing to be created ahead of the national average. The low cost of living also bodes well for young professionals and young families looking to get a foothold on their future. 

Working at the Statehouse in Indianapolis and being a part of the House of Representatives Internship Program is a great launching pad for students and young professionals that can open many doors. Connor Lentz and Andrea Zimmerman were my interns last year working in legislative services and communications, and it has been great to see their success since completing the program. I hope that I am just as fortunate again this session to have two outstanding interns, and I hope to see more people from our community join our team!


My column also appears in today's Times of Noblesville.
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Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
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