Internships 2017-03-30T13:08:47+00:00



Legislative interns work directly with legislators and staff to expand their knowledge of the Indiana General Assembly and the legislative process. Senate interns work full-time in the communications office, member services division, policy analysis, legal, or tax and fiscal policy. Each intern’s responsibilities will depend on the legislators and staff with whom he or she is assigned.

The Indiana Senate was named the 2014 Employer of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Indiana INTERNnet program.

Internship Applications

The Senate Democratic caucus offers spring-semester internships to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates. Applicants must be:

  • Indiana residents enrolled in higher-education institutions in or out of state, OR
  • Out-of-state residents attending an Indiana college or university.

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.

No specific major is required, but a successful candidate must enthusiastically want to learn about government and politics in the real world. Other necessary practical skills include:


For more information, contact our Intern Director.

Brent R. Stinson
Senate Democratic Intern Director
200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785
Toll-free: 800.382.9497
Local: 317.232.9849
Fax: 317.234.9222

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Interns receive a stipend of $350 per week, paid bi-weekly. Academic credit for the internship is arranged between individual interns and their school.

At the end of each legislative session, Verizon Communications offers a $3,000 scholarship to the outstanding intern from each of the four caucuses. Additionally, the Senate awards the $1,000 Rick Gudal Scholarship to the Senate Democrat intern who best exemplifies the public service legacy and love of education of former Senate Democratic staffer Rick Gudal.

Legislative Internship

The Senate Democrats typically hire legislative interns who will work directly with one or two lawmakers, as well as interns specializing in the fields of communications, law, and public finance. No specific major is required, and anyone with an interest in policy and politics should apply.

  • Staffing committee hearings and meetings w/ legislators  and staff.
  • Analyzing bill content at each step of the legislative process.
  • Researching past and pending legislation.
  • Attending to constituent services.
  • Assisting senators daily as they prepare for committees and legislative session.

Communications Internship

Communications’ interns work directly with the Senate Democratic Media Office, members of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus, and members of the Statehouse Press Corps. They have the opportunity to build their portfolio, gain valuable professional experience, and network with decision makers and professionals from the statewide media industry.

  • Capturing/Editing video & audio.
  • Writing Press Releases.
  • Organizing press conferences.
  • Contributing to social media presence.
  • Creating Graphics for media platforms.