Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Applications are now open for the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus internship program for the 2021 legislative session.
College students and recent graduates have the opportunity to apply for a legislative internship with the Senate.
Legislative interns are paired with either one to two state senators and gain practical knowledge of state government by working alongside senators as they navigate the legislative process.
A key responsibility of this internship is fielding and responding to constituent correspondence.
Constituents often write to their senator about an issue they are experiencing, and it is the job of the legislative intern to help find a timely solution. This could entail reaching out to an appropriate state agency or working with the legislator to craft a response.
Legislative interns also track and analyze bill data, staff Senate committee hearings and meetings, and conduct legislative and policy research. Through these tasks, interns gain a rich knowledge of how policy is made on a wide variety of topics, such as education policy, public health, fiscal and environmental affairs.
Alexa Walden, who served as a legislative intern during the 2019 session and now works full-time as a Senate Majority legislative assistant, offered the following on her internship experience:
“Interning with the Indiana State Senate has allowed me to grow, professionally, in a way I never could have imagined. The experiences here are invaluable and will set you up for a career of success in any sector. I am thankful that this internship provided me with the skills I need to be a great Legislative Assistant to my current Senators, as well as a hardworking team player.”
Sam Charron, who served as a legislative intern during the 2019 session and now works full-time as a Senate Majority legislative assistant, echoed Walden’s thoughts.
“The Indiana Senate internship proved to be a very unique experience. This is not just another entry on your resume – this is your chance to work with incredibly talented individuals, network professionally, and learn. If you are proactive, you will be successful here, and this one opportunity will lead to many more in the earliest stages of your professional career.”
The internship program typically begins with a mandatory orientation in late December and concludes at the end of the legislative session in April 2021, and is open to college and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.
Click here for more information and to apply by Oct. 31.