Legislative internships provide an opportunity for students to gain knowledge of the internal processes of state government by working full-time in the Indiana General Assembly. Interns will thoroughly learn the legislative process, gaining an in-depth understanding of how laws are made in an immersive professional environment.
Each intern's responsibilities will depend on the legislators and staff with whom he or she works. Typical intern responsibilities include:
- Staffing committee hearings
- Analyzing bill content at each step of the legislative process
- Researching past and pending legislation
- Attending to constituent correspondence
- Helping senators prepare for committee meetings and session days
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 legislative session. All application materials must be submitted by October 15, 2014.
The Senate Democratic caucus offers spring-semester internships to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates. Applicants must be:
- Indiana residents enrolled in higher-education institutions in or out of state, OR
- Out-of-state residents attending an Indiana college or university.
The 2015 Senate Internship will begin in January and must end by April 29. The Senate Democrats typically hire legislative interns who will work directly with one or two lawmakers, as well as internships specializing in the fields of media relations, law and public finance.
No specific major is required, but a successful candidate must enthusiastically want to learn about government and politics in the real world. Other necessary practical skills include:
- Excellent writing skills
- Exceptional interpersonal skills
- Basic computer skills
- Public speaking skills
- Organizational skills
- Effective time management
- Professional attitude
Appointments for interviews are made on a competitive basis, with attention given to the application, academic record, work-related experiences, and the value of the internship to the students. Internship appointments will be scheduled beginning in October with all positions filled in early November 2014.
STIPEND, ACADEMIC CREDIT AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Interns receive a stipend of $350 per week. Academic credit for the internship is arranged between individual interns and their school.
At the end of each legislative session, Verizon Communications offers a $3,000 scholarship to the outstanding intern from each of the four caucuses. Additionally, the Senate awards the $1,000 Rick Gudal Scholarship to the Senate intern who best exemplifies the public service legacy and love of education of former Senate Democratic staffer Rick Gudal.