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2014 Indiana House Democratic Internship Program


      Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for 2014 session internships with the Indiana State Legislature. The application deadline was October 31.

      The application process for the 2015 Indiana House internship programs will begin in mid-August of 2014, although much of the information below will apply to the 2015 internships as well.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

       The Indiana House Democratic Internship Program is an excellent opportunity to acquire hands-on experience with the legislative process. Interns will work full-time with state representatives and legislative staff during the legislative session in Indianapolis.


Indiana House Democratic Interns2013 House Democratic Intern Class

WHAT TO EXPECT

       Indiana House Democratic interns are paid $700 biweekly and have the ability the earn academic creditfor completing the internship. One student from the intern class will also be selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Verizon Communications, Inc. Below you will learn more about the expectations we have for our interns.

Time commitment:

       The internship is a full-time job. Interns typically work 7.5 hours a day between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Working over 7.5 hours in a day will not garner overtime pay. Some days require interns to stay later. Usually, interns will have prior notice for those days. Interns are not eligible for vacation or paid sick days off work.

       Orientation begins in late December or early January. The 2014 internship will last until late March 2014.

Where to live:

       It is recommended that interns relocate to the Indianapolis area if accepted into the internship program. There are plenty of housing opportunities around the downtown area, and many places are willing to negotiate short-term leases. Some also offer student or government employee discounts.

Academic credit/classes:

       Academic credit for the internship is determined by the school the intern attends. Students interested in participating in the internship should consult their academic advisor with questions regarding academic credit.

       Interns are able to take classes during their internship. However, school schedules should not interfere with the internship.

       Interns who need to take classes during the internship are encouraged to take online courses or participate in the 300-level political science class that is offered through Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. This 3-credit-hour course is specifically designed for students who participate in an internship with the Indiana General Assembly.

       It is not recommended that you take more than one course during the internship and any courses taken cannot occur during normal business hours.


APPLICATION PROCESS

       The Indiana House Democratic Internship is open to college juniors, seniors and graduate students as well as recent graduates. Sophomores who are interested in applying will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. No specific major is required, but a successful candidate will have a desire to learn about government.

       Necessary practical skills:

  • excellent writing skills;
  • exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • basic computer skills;
  • public speaking skills;
  • organizational skills;
  • effective time management; and
  • a professional attitude.

How to apply:

Additional information:

       Applicants who have not met all of the above requirements will not be scheduled for an interview.

       Appointments for interviews are made on a competitive basis, with attention given to the application, academic record, work-related experiences and the value of the internship to the students.

       Successful candidates will be notified by the end of November.

Application deadline:

       October 31, 2013


TYPES OF INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE

       Below you will find brief descriptions of the six types of paid internship positions available:

Legislative & Constituent Services

  • Assist state representatives and their legislative staff with daily tasks.
  • Facilitate correspondence between state agencies, constituents and representatives to resolve issues.
  • Research and respond to legislative questions posed by legislators and constituents.
  • Track bills through the legislative process.
  • May assist policy staff by covering committees and preparing reports.

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus

  • Perform all the duties of a Legislative & Constituent Services intern (see description above).
  • Assist with event planning and staffing for events that the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus hosts.
  • Assist with Indiana Black Legislative Caucus meetings, including taking detailed notes and preparing minutes for future meetings.

Policy Analyst

  • Research, track and analyze amendments and bills.
  • Staff legislative committees and prepare committee reports for legislators.
  • Search for existing language in the Indiana Code.
  • Assist staff and legislators with legislative and fiscal inquiries.

Ways & Means Fiscal Analyst

  • Create and maintain Ways & Means Committee bill tracking database.
  • Prepare summaries of Ways & Means Committee action.
  • Monitor tax- and finance-related bills assigned to committees other than the Ways & Means Committee.
  • Assist the Ways & Means Fiscal Staff with the interpretation and analysis of committee and second reading floor amendments.

Media Relations

  • Write news releases, statements and guest columns.
  • Assist with content for legislators' websites.
  • Monitor news coverage of Indiana State Legislature.
  • Record radio feeds for distribution.
  • Assist in coordinating press conferences and media availabilities for legislators.

Video Production

  • Assist in the production and editing of video segments for an internet audience.
  • Record legislative proceedings on the House Chamber floor, news conferences and other events at the Statehouse.
  • Assist with social media content, website updates and streaming video.
  • Additional skills that are not required but may be utilized include IT troubleshooting and digital photography.


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Both the Republican and Democratic caucuses of the Indiana House of Representatives host their own separate but similar internship programs. If you are interested in an internship with the Republican Caucus, please visit that program's website. This is a partisan position: candidates who apply to both Republican and Democratic caucuses will find their applications voided by both.

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