Learn more about the Senate Republican communications internships

Learn more about the Senate Republican communications internships

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Applications are now open for the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus internship program for the 2020 legislative session, which include opportunities for interns to serve in the Senate Majority Communications Office as a press secretary or multimedia intern.

Press secretary interns work alongside their assigned press secretary and respond to all of the media needs of their Senators.

The responsibilities of this role include:

  • Writing and editing columns, op-eds and press releases on key legislation;
  • Creating e-communication and social media strategies;
  • Working with members of the media to coordinate interviews;
  • Photographing members during session and committee; and
  • Monitoring online streaming of committees.

Molly Swigart, who served as a press secretary intern during the 2015 session and now serves as the Senate Majority Communications Director, said the following regarding her internship experience:

“This internship program can be one of the most valuable experiences of a young professional’s career. Our interns get the opportunity to do real work and contribute to the legislative process. This is not a sit-back-and-wait kind of internship – this is a fast-paced, challenging experience for students and recent graduates who are ready to learn and grow professionally. I am where I am today in large part because of the lessons I learned and skills I gained through an internship in the Senate Majority Communications Office, and we try really hard to make sure all of our interns leave our program prepared to begin their careers, no matter where their path may take them.”

Jesse Cordray, who served as a press secretary intern during the 2019 session and has since been hired as a press secretary in the communications office, said the following regarding his experience:

“I strongly encourage college students and recent graduates who are interested in government to apply for the Senate Majority internship program. The program allowed me to grow — personally and professionally — and offered invaluable experience. I am thankful that this internship provided me with the skills I needed in order to be a great press secretary and a true asset to the Senate. For those who are wary, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that offers real-world experience that can move with you as you grow in your career.”

In addition to fulfilling the press secretary intern roles, multimedia interns serve as Senate photographer and videographer.

Multimedia interns also assist in website management and have the opportunity to develop their graphic design skills by creating visual content for print and web.

Elizabeth Vos, who served as a multimedia intern during the 2018 session and now works full-time as a digital communications specialist and press secretary, offered the following on her experience:

“The multimedia internship was perfect for me – I got to use the skills I’d already learned and improve on others. The internship organizers work really hard to get interns up to speed quickly so we can jump right in and be a helpful part of the staff in the Statehouse.”

The internship program runs from the end of December 2019 through mid-March 2020 and is open to college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.

Click here for more information and to apply by the Oct. 31 deadline.