Valparaiso legislator encourages college upperclassmen and recent university grads to pursue Statehouse opportunity, set resumes apart
College upperclassmen and recent graduates can set their resumes apart by gaining Statehouse experiences offered through internships with the Indiana Senate Republicans, said State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso).
Charbonneau said applications for the full-time, spring semester, Senate internships — including legislative and communications opportunities — are available online at www.senaterepublicans.in.gov/internship.htm. A resume, two reference letters, college transcripts and a writing sample are required submissions. All complete applications are due Oct. 31.
“When policymakers are in session, interns help with communications and legislative duties,” Charbonneau said. “It’s also a great way for students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience and strengthen their resumes.”
Legislative interns work alongside senators and legislative assistants, responding to constituent calls, letters and e-mails, as well as staffing Senate committees and assisting with floor proceedings. Communications interns gain practical experience, helping press secretaries prepare and distribute news releases, guest columns, letters to the editor, direct mail, e-newsletters, e-invitations, web updates, audio feeds and video productions.
Charbonneau suggested Senate interns plan to live in or near Indianapolis during the internship due to the varied work schedule during the legislative session. Interns earn a $700 bi-weekly stipend to assist with living expenses.
Selected applicants are invited to attend the General Assembly’s ceremonial Organization Day on Nov. 22 and officially begin their internships with a mandatory orientation on Dec. 27. Senate internships last the duration of this legislative session, which by law is scheduled to end on or before March 14, 2012.
Charbonneau said college credit for the internship varies, depending on individual schools’ internship policies. Interested students should meet with school academic advisors to determine academic credits available. To maintain full-time student status, interns frequently arrange correspondence or independent courses. A three-credit-hour state government course, conducted at the Statehouse throughout the internship, is also available.
At the end of each year’s legislative session, Verizon Communications offers a $3,000 scholarship to the top intern from each caucus — Republican and Democrat. Additionally, each caucus awards a $1,000 scholarship in memory of longtime Senate staffer Rick Gudal.