Intern Program

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus offers paid, spring-semester internships to recent and current college undergraduates as well as graduate students. Interns work directly with Indiana legislators at the Statehouse, located in downtown Indianapolis. This internship is a unique opportunity to gain practical knowledge of state government through active participation in the legislative process.

The Indiana Senate was named the 2014 Employer of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Indiana INTERNnet program.

The Senate Republicans offer multiple internship opportunities for the spring semester. The duties for each internship are outlined below:

Legislative

  • Track and analyze bill data
  • Provide constituent services
  • Staff Senate committee hearings and meetings
  • Conduct legislative and policy research
Legislative Application

Information Technology

  • Respond to IT needs of senators and staff
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software issues
  • Assist in the implementation of new technologies
  • Reformat and reimage computers
Information Technology Application

Press Secretary

  • Track legislation
  • Write news releases and op-eds
  • Create e-communication and social media strategies
  • Work with members of the media
Press Secretary Application

Policy

  • Conduct legislative and policy research
  • Track legislative proposals
  • Develop legislative proposals
  • Write talking points
Policy Application

Visual Communications

  • Serve as Senate photographer and videographer
  • Monitor online streaming of committees and session
  • Create visual content for print and web
  • Assist in website management
Visual Communications Application

Applications Close October 31

Who is Eligible?

  • Senate Republican internships are open to undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors; recent college graduates; and graduate and law school students. 
  • Individuals must be either an Indiana resident and/or attend a college or university located within Indiana.
  • All majors are encouraged to apply, and no previous political or government experience is required.
  • Qualified applicants will have a strong academic record as well as demonstrate excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills. Additionally, successful candidates project a positive, professional attitude, are highly motivated and easily directed, and can effectively manage a rigorous workload in a fast-paced, often unpredictable work environment.

What are the Benefits?

  • Interns earn a $700 biweekly stipend.
  • Interns may be eligible to earn academic credit through their college or university.
  • Interns may apply for academic scholarships through the Verizon Communications and Senator David Ford Scholarship Funds.
  • Interns have the opportunity for networking in a professional environment.

Additional Information

The Indiana State Senate internship is a full-time, paid position at the Indiana Statehouse during the spring semester. The program begins with a mandatory orientation in late December and concludes at the end of the legislative session, either in March or April. Interns work Monday through Friday with the minimum work day of 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Legislative interns are paired with one or two state senators and work directly with the legislative assistants. Communications interns work with press secretaries, policy analysts or multi-media specialists in the Senate Communications Office. Download the Indiana Senate Republican internship brochure below.

For questions about the internship program or the application process, contact:  

Jen Carlton, Senate Majority Staff Director - (317) 233-2250