Indiana House accepting applications for 2012 interns

Monday, September 26, 2011

District 44 State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) is encouraging college students and graduates interested in gaining professional experience and learning more about the legislative process to apply for this year's internship program with the Indiana House of Representatives.

"This internship provides students with an opportunity to better understand the ins and outs of state government while also developing a core set of skills necessary to further their career path," Rep. Baird said. "Due to the volume and pace of the legislative session, interns play a significant role in the day-to-day activities at the Statehouse."

The Indiana House will be accepting applications for the internship program until Oct. 31. Applications are currently being accepted online at

College sophomores, juniors, seniors and recent graduates are encouraged to apply. All academic majors are accepted.

The internship starts January 2012 and ends in March. It is a full-time internship, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Statehouse, located in Indianapolis.

Interns will be compensated with a $700 bi-weekly stipend and are eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship. The scholarship is for educational expenses, which can be applied toward current or future undergraduate/graduate expenses.

Individuals interested in the internship program have four different areas to consider when applying: member services, media, computer/technology and policy/fiscal. For a detailed description of each area and additional information on the internship program, please visit the website listed above.

Interviews will be conducted as applications are received. Applicants are encouraged to work with their school in order to obtain academic credit for the internship. Most colleges and universities in Indiana offer class credit.

"The interns develop a deeper understanding of the legislative process and have a substantial amount of responsibilities," Rep. Baird said. "Interns truly become key members of our staff during their time at the Statehouse, and I encourage all qualified students to pursue this opportunity."

Rep. Baird serves District 44, which includes all of Putnam County and parts of Clay, Parke and Vigo counties.

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