|Organization||Indiana State Senate Democrat and Republican Caucuses|
The Indiana State Senate Democrat and Republican Caucuses offer legislative, legal, communications, and information technology internships, all of which provide paid ($700 biweekly), hands-on experience in the state legislature. These spring semester positions can be taken for college credit and offer a variety of scholarship and networking opportunities.
Daily responsibilities for legislative interns who are paired with one to two Senators include staffing committee meetings; tracking legislation; responding to constituent questions and correspondence; researching various issues; and more. Daily responsibilities for the legal intern includes ensuring committee reports, second reading amendments, and motions are signed and filed by the appropriate legislative deadlines; helping set the daily legislative agenda; conducting research for constituents and legislators’ policy and legal inquiries; and more. Daily responsibilities for communications interns include working alongside legislators, press secretaries, policy analysts, visual communication specialists, and the Statehouse press; writing and editing columns, op-eds, and press releases; creating electronic communication and social media strategies; taking pictures and videos; and more. Then within the communications department, there are also specialized positions such as the policy internship and the visual communications internship. Finally, daily responsibilities for the information technology interns include working alongside the IT Director, legislators, staff, and fellow interns to assess and respond to IT needs; troubleshooting hardware and software issues; assisting in the implementation of new technologies; reformatting and reimaging computers; and more. Through these tasks, each intern obtains a rich understanding of both the procedure and substance of the legislative process and how policy is made.
Applicants must be at least a sophomore in college, demonstrate strong writing and interpersonal skills, project a positive attitude, and be willing to work in fast-paced environment. Undergraduate juniors and seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate and law school students are also strongly encouraged to apply. All majors are welcome.
|How to apply||
The internship runs from the end of December 2014 through the end of April 2015, and requires all interns to work 35+ hours a week at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis. Please visit our website to apply; for more information on how to apply, please click here. Applicants should apply to one caucus only. The deadline for the Democrat Caucus internship is October 15, 2014, and the deadline for the Republican Caucus internship is October 31, 2014.