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.
Internships with the state legislature are partisan. If you are interested in the Indiana House Republican internship, click below.
We will have details about how to apply for the 2020 Indiana House Democratic Internship Program at the end of August 2019.Apply Now
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
The application deadline for the 2019 Indiana House Democratic Internship Program was Oct. 31. The application process for the 2020 session of the Indiana State Legislature will begin in August of 2019.
The internship is open to students and recent graduates of all ages.
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.
Legislative sessions normally begin in the first week of January. The internship typically begins three business days prior to the first day of session. 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 2019 legislative session, the internship will likely last through the first week of May. For the 2020 legislative session, the internship will likely last through March.
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 $750 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.
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.
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.
Interns will have access to free parking provided by the state during the internship.
No. Internships with the state legislature are partisan. Applicants should decide if they want a Democratic or Republican internship and then apply only for that internship.
If you have questions about the IHDC Internship program, email Internship Director Anne Hancock at Anne.Hancock@iga.in.gov or reach her by phone at 317.232.9976.Contact us on Facebook