Internships 2017-08-04T13:56:51+00:00

SENATE DEMOCRATIC

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Interns working with the Senate Democratic Caucus are assigned to assist legislators and staff, to expand their knowledge of the Indiana General Assembly and the legislative process. Senate interns work full-time assisting staff in various departments. Based on individual qualifications, interns will be placed in the communications office, member services division, policy analysis, attorney’s office, or with tax and fiscal policy staff. 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 as well as recent college graduates.

Applicants must be:

Residents of Indiana, in school or graduated, or currently 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 intern’s online application, academic record, work-related experience, and other skills that individuals may bring to the Indiana Senate.

No specific major is required, but a successful candidate must want to learn about government and politics in a real-world setting.

Contact

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
Email: Brent.Stinson@iga.IN.gov
 

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All positions are filled by applying to the program through one application. Interns are assigned to positions that best match their skill-set, background, formal training, and overall qualifications for the internship program.

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Additional Required Application items:

  • Résumé
  • An essay, 200-300 words, describing why you want to be an intern
  • A copy of your college or university transcript, official copies are preferred, but not required
  • One recent academic writing sample
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from employers, faculty members, or upstanding members of the community

STIPEND, ACADEMIC CREDIT AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Interns receive a pre-tax stipend of $375 per week, paid bi-weekly. Most, if not all interns, currently enrolled in school can receive academic credit for their participation in the internship. Academic credit depends on individual schools and departments. The total amount of academic credit is to be arranged between individual interns and their institution.

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

Senate Internship Breakdown

Interns Assigned to the Member Services Division are typically paired with one or two legislators and a full-time staff person.

  • Staffing committee hearings and meetings with legislators and staff
  • Analyzing bill content at each step of the legislative process
  • Researching past and pending legislation
  • Attending to constituent correspondence, inquiries, and requests for assistance
  • Assisting senators daily as they prepare for committees and legislative session

Other specialized intern assignments include working directly with the attorney, the policy director, and the fiscal analyst for the caucus. These interns are also assigned to work with legislators as well as other members of the caucus staff.

Communications Interns

The caucus employs a communications staff, which acts as an in-house public relations office for our members. Communications’ interns work directly with the caucus’ communications staff, members of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus, and reporters associated with the Statehouse Press Corps. Interns 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
INTERNSHIP FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do interns receive academic credit for participating in the internship? 2017-07-31T14:59:12+00:00

Most, if not all interns attending school are eligible for credit, while participating in the Senate’s internship program. Academic credit is awarded by individual institutions of higher education. It is up to each intern to work with their academic department, school, or college to determine the number of credits to be awarded, as well as requirements to obtaining the academic credit.

When should an applicant expect to know if they have been accepted into the program? 2017-07-26T14:07:33+00:00

Interviews will take place at the Statehouse beginning in mid-October and will conclude in early November. Applicants should know if they have been accepted into the program by the second week of November 2017.

What should my academic writing sample include? 2017-07-26T14:07:47+00:00

The academic writing sample should demonstrate your ability to write, research, and articulate your thoughts on a given topic.

If an applicant applied for an internship in a previous year, can they apply again? 2017-07-26T14:07:56+00:00

If an applicant has applied for an internship in the past, and was not selected, they may apply for the internship again. This applicant will need to resubmit all required materials.

How many interns will be hired for the 2018 legislative session? 2017-07-26T14:08:11+00:00

The number of interns hired by the caucus varies each year. In 2017, there were 11 internship opportunities with the Indiana Senate Democrats.

What should my application essay entail? 2017-07-26T14:08:18+00:00

The essay is comparable to a resume cover letter. This allows you to expand upon your interest in the internship opportunity, to expand upon your skills, as well as to set your application apart from other applicants.

Can an applicant apply for an internship with the House and Senate? 2017-08-04T13:05:38+00:00

Yes. It is encouraged that applicants apply for internships in both the House and the Senate. However, applicants may only apply for internships with one political party.

Where should application materials be sent? 2017-08-04T13:59:16+00:00

Materials can be submitted electronically unless otherwise noted. Materials may be submitted using the following addresses:

Brent.Stinson@iga.in.gov; or
Brent Stinson
Indiana Senate
200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
What is the duration of the internship? 2017-07-26T14:08:44+00:00

The 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly will begin in early January and must adjourn by March 14, 2018. At this time, the actual dates of the 2018 session have not been set by legislative leaders. There may be an orientation taking place the last week of December 2017. Interns are typically kept a week after the session adjourns.

Will housing be provided? 2017-08-04T14:06:04+00:00

No. Housing for interns is not provided to those selected to participate in the program. However, attempts are made to assist participants in finding a roommate(s) for the duration of their internship. The intern director will also provide a list of  short-term housing options that former interns have used in the past.

Do applicants have to submit an official academic transcript? 2017-07-26T14:03:02+00:00

In an effort to reduce the financial burden on applicants, official transcripts are not required to complete an application.

When is the deadline to apply? 2017-07-26T13:51:19+00:00

The deadline to apply for the Senate Democratic Caucus’ internship is October 31, 2017.

Should an applicant submit required items all at once, or as they are prepared for submission? 2017-08-04T13:11:59+00:00

There is no need to submit all required items at one time. However, all required materials must be submitted by the October 31 deadline.

Can references submit their letters of recommendation online? 2017-08-04T13:08:45+00:00

Each of the three required references may submit their letters electronically, or via mail. If the reference emails the letters, these must come directly from the reference and contain adequate contact information. Items may be submitted to the addresses below:

Brent.Stinson@iga.in.gov; or

Brent Stinson
Indiana Senate
200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Are summer internships offered by the Indiana Senate? 2017-07-26T13:12:19+00:00

No. The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, and interns are hired during the legislative session only. In 2018, session runs from January through March.

What academic majors are accepted? 2017-07-26T13:11:20+00:00

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

Can recent graduates apply for the internship? 2017-08-04T13:14:09+00:00

Yes, as long as the applicant is a resident of Indiana.

Is the internship open to students outside of Indiana? 2017-07-26T12:55:27+00:00

The Senate Democratic Caucus’ internship program is open to any residents of Indiana, attending an institution of higher education as a sophomore, junior, senior, pursuing a post-graduate degree, or a recent graduate.