Intern with the Indiana House Democrats

 

This unique learning experience gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to work alongside state representatives at the Indiana Statehouse during a session of the Indiana General Assembly. Full-time, paid internships are offered in the policy, communications, fiscal analysis and member services divisions of the caucus.

The deadline for submitting internship applications for the 2023 Legislative Session is Oct. 31, 2022, however, applications received by Oct. 15, 2022, will receive priority consideration. Please contact Internship Program Director Lauren Coon at 317.232.9837 or housedem.internship@iga.in.gov with additional questions.

To apply, please visit the online application page linked here.

Legislative and Constituent Services
Indiana Black Legislative Caucus
Policy Analyst
Communications
Ways and Means Fiscal Analyst
Graphic and Print Design
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Internships with the state legislature are partisan. If you are interested in an Indiana House Republican internship, click below.

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The deadline for submitting internship applications for the 2023 Legislative Session is Oct. 31, 2022, however, applications received by Oct. 15, 2022, will receive priority consideration. Contact Internship Program Director Lauren Coon at 317.232.9837.

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If you're passionate about equality and have a zealous need to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves, this internship is for you.

Pete, member of the 2013 Internship Class

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?

The deadline for submitting internship applications for the 2023 Legislative Session is Oct. 31, 2022, however, applications received by Oct. 15, 2022, will receive priority consideration. Please contact Internship Program Director Lauren Coon at 317.232.9837 or housedem.internship@iga.in.gov with additional questions.

Who can apply?

The internship is open to college/university students (sophomores and up), students pursuing an associate and/or certificate credential, law school and graduate students, and recent graduates of all ages.

The deadline for submitting internship applications for the 2023 Legislative Session is Oct. 31, 2022, however, applications received by Oct. 15, 2022, will receive priority consideration. Please contact Internship Program Director Lauren Coon at 317.232.9837 or housedem.internship@iga.in.gov with additional questions.

Where do legislative interns work and live?

Interns work in the Indiana Statehouse located in downtown Indianapolis. It is recommended that interns relocate to the Indianapolis area if accepted into the internship program, but housing is not provided by the program. There are plenty of housing opportunities around the downtown area, and many places are willing to negotiate short-term leases. A final roster of interns will be circulated for those looking to room with their fellow interns.

When does the internship take place?

The internship typically begins with an orientation week in the last week of December. The Indiana General Assembly meets for four months in odd-numbered years and two-and-a-half months in even-numbered years. Our internships will normally continue for a few business days following the end of each legislative session. For the 2023 Legislative Session, the internship will likely last through April.

How are interns compensated?

The internship is a full-time job. Interns typically work 7.5 hours per day between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Some days require interns to stay longer then 7.5 hours. Working more than 7.5 hours in a day will not garner overtime pay. Interns are not eligible for vacation or paid sick days off.

Interns are paid $800 biweekly before tax withholding. In addition, one Indiana House Democratic Caucus intern will be selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Verizon Communications, Inc.

Am I allowed to take classes during my internship?

It is not recommended that you take more than one course during the internship and any courses taken cannot occur during normal business hours. 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 at the Indiana Statehouse. This 3-credit-hour course is specifically designed for students who participate in an internship with the Indiana General Assembly. Interested students are asked to speak with their advisor regarding how this internships fits into their education requirements before coming in for an interview.

Will I receive academic credit for an internship with the Indiana House Democratic Caucus?

Academic credit is typically available to interns who make prior arrangements through their school. Each school has its own procedures and requirements related to this academic credit.

Do I have to make my own arrangements for parking during the internship?

Interns will have access to free parking provided by the state during the internship.

Can I apply for an internship with the House Democrats and House Republicans?

No. Internships with the state legislature are partisan. Applicants should decide if they want a Democrat or Republican internship and then apply only for that internship. Interns should be willing to support the goals of the elected members they work for even if their personal beliefs on a specific issue are not aligned. Applicants who personally identify which political party their beliefs most closely align with are more successful in the program.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the program or my application?

Lauren Coon, Director
Indiana House Democratic Internship Program
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317.232.9837
housedem.internship@iga.in.gov

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