Learn more about the Senate Republican legal and policy internships

Learn more about the Senate Republican legal and policy internships

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Applications are now open for the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus internship program for the 2022 legislative session, which includes opportunities to serve as a legal or policy intern.

Daily responsibilities for legal interns include:

  • Conducting extensive legal and policy research for constituents and legislators;
  • Ensuring legislative documents are filed by appropriate deadlines;
  • Helping set the daily legislative agenda; and
  • Summarizing amendments and conference meetings.

Through these tasks, interns obtain a strong understanding of the legislative process.

Alex Zimmerman, who served as a legal intern during the 2015 legislative session, who went on to work full-time as a Senate Majority Legal Associate and now has his own law practice, said the following of his internship experience:

“Not only was the Indiana Senate Majority legal internship the highlight of my college career, but this internship was the catalyst that jump-started my professional career. Our interns do not just sit and observe their supervisors handle tasks – our interns get the opportunity to challenge themselves and grow as professionals as they contribute to the Senate through various tasks including policy and legal research. This internship provided me the opportunity of a lifetime to grow into the professional that I am today by networking with professionals in and outside of government along with learning lessons that I will carry with me into my future career.”

Policy interns conduct legislative and policy research, track legislative proposals, write memos on legislation, and review written communication for policy accuracy.

This position allows interns to gain practical knowledge of state government by working firsthand with Indiana senators at the Statehouse.

Adam Welker, who served as a policy intern during the 2021 legislative session, offered the following on the internship:

"For those who want a more academic and in-depth experience, I highly recommend applying for the policy intern position. I found that my skills as a history major transferred neatly, especially those such as critical reading and analysis, thorough and intense research, and careful writing, proofreading, and editing abilities. I found myself gaining a greater understanding of the inner workings of Indiana's legislative process; I also established an expertise with the Indiana code, from broader topics of law such as education, to more nuanced topics such as Indiana's Safe Haven statutes. In the end, I found that I wasn't 'just another intern.' Instead, I was considered a valuable member of a team, and my contributions mattered. I hope that any future policy interns who come after me are able to feel the pride and joy that I felt during my experience."

The internship program runs from the end of December 2021 through mid-March 2022 and is open to college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates of all majors.

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