Tony Cook
Tony Cook
Hamilton County lawmakers invite 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. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), Todd Huston (R-Fishers), Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) and Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel).
Cook said local college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates should apply before Oct. 31.
“An internship with Indiana House Republicans provides students opportunities to transfer skills they learn in the classroom into real-life experiences,” Cook said. “Interns play an essential role in helping lawmakers during the legislative session and in committee hearings.”
According to Goodrich, 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.
“When employers are looking to hire, they are searching for a candidate who has tangible skills to bring to their company,” Goodrich said. “Internships are vital for students to gain that experience, making them stand out among other applicants.”
“Internships help students build a strong resume to help them compete in the job market,” Schaibley said. “Throughout this experience, students are involved with their state government and develop professional relationships creating gateways into a career.”
Huston 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.
“Students have a chance to make the most of this internship with the several departments to choose from based on their skills,” Huston said. “Interns with Indiana House Republicans get a unique insight into the issues that impact Hoosiers across Indiana.”
According to Torr, 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. Lawmakers said interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.
“This internship provides students a unique opportunity with Indiana House Republicans to get hands-on experience,” Torr said. “I highly encourage those who are interested to apply right away.”
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.