All positions are filled by applying to the program in one email to the Intern Director. Interns are assigned to positions that best match their skill-set, background, formal training, and overall qualifications for the program. Positions are detailed below. Application submission requirements are listed here. Submit your application only when you have all required materials. Other options for submission are available and can be obtained by contacting the Intern Director.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 2021 Senate Internship may be different than previous years. The Indiana Senate is working out details over the course of the remainder of 2020 to determine how best to program the Internship.
Applications for the 2020 legislative internship are due by October 31, 2020.
Additional Required Application items:
- Résumé (that includes community service, volunteer efforts, and/or participation);
- An essay, 200-300 words, describing why you want to be an intern with the Senate Democrats;
- A copy of your college or university transcript, official copies are preferred, but not required;
- Two recent academic writing samples;
- A minimum of three letters of recommendation from employers, school faculty members, or upstanding members of the community; and
- Complete the online web form.
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.
Working closely with Minority attorneys and staff
Tracking legislative amendments
Aid in the drafting and facilitation of Senate Resolutions
Analyzing and using the Indiana Code
Working specifically for the Policy Director
Tracking all legislation (Senate and House) as it moves through the legislative process
Drafting memos and speaking points
Managing fellow interns throughout the conference committee process
Attending weekly meetings with legislative staff, lobbyists, and members of state agencies
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
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.
The academic writing sample should demonstrate your ability to write, research, and articulate your thoughts on a given topic.
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.
The number of interns hired by the caucus varies each year. In 2019, there were 13 internship opportunities with the Indiana Senate Democrats.
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.
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.
The Indiana State Senate internship is a full-time, paid position at the Indiana Statehouse during the spring semester. The program begins with a mandatory orientation in late December and concludes at the end of the legislative session, either in March(short session) or April(long session). Interns are typically kept a week after the session adjourns.
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.
In an effort to reduce the financial burden on applicants, official transcripts are not required to complete an application.
The deadline to apply for the Senate Democratic Caucus’ internship is October 31
There is no need to submit all required items at one time. However, all required materials must be submitted by the October 31 deadline.
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:
No. The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature, and interns are hired during the legislative session only.
No specific major is required, but a successful candidate must enthusiastically want to learn about government and politics in the real world.
Yes, as long as the applicant is a resident of Indiana.
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.