Cass County lawmakers seek applicants for paid Statehouse internships

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 20, 2019) – Cass County lawmakers invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Local legislators seeking interns include State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston), Ethan Manning (R-Denver) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo).

Lehe said local college and graduate students, and recent graduates should apply before Oct. 31.

“Interns play an important role at the Statehouse during session,” Lehe said. “They work closely with staff and legislators to ensure everything runs smoothly. They are an invaluable part of the team, and we are so grateful for all they do to help out during our busiest months.”

According to Manning, the internship program is a unique opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply skills in a real-world setting. He said the paid internship is full-time and takes place during the spring semester.

“With this experience, students get a firsthand look at how their state government operates,” Manning said. “This internship gives interns the tools to expand their skillset to be more competitive in the job market.”

VanNatter said internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas, focusing on legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

“Employers place a high value on job candidates who have experience outside of what they learn in the classroom,” VanNatter said. “This opportunity provides students a chance to develop connections that can jumpstart their professional careers.”

According to area lawmakers, these positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.

More information about the Indiana House Republican Internship Program and the application can be found at www.IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana House Republicans