Sen. Long says learning experience allows ‘unique behind-the-scenes view of democracy in action’
Indiana Senate Republicans are seeking college interns for the 2009 legislative session – a learning experience Senate President Pro Tem David C. Long (R-Fort Wayne) says offers a “unique behind-the-scenes view of democracy in action.”
Long said applications for the four- to five-month, Indianapolis-based paid internships are available online at www.in.gov/senate_republicans and due on Oct. 15.
“Our Indiana Senate Majority Caucus is seeking experienced, energetic communications, political science and history undergraduate and graduate students to join our team as media and legislative interns at the Statehouse in Indianapolis for the spring semester,” Long said.
Qualified candidates will have successful academic backgrounds and will be teamed with full-time press secretaries and legislative assistants, he said.
Internships begin with an orientation at the end of December and last the duration of the spring academic semester.
“Interns should plan to live in Indianapolis or the surrounding area during the legislative session, as the internships require daytime and some evening duties at the Statehouse,” Long said. “A $700 bi-weekly stipend is provided to assist with living expenses.”
Media interns will gain practical experience in helping prepare and distribute news releases, guest columns, letters to the editor, direct mail, e-newsletters, e-invitations, Web updates, radio feeds, pod-casts and video productions. Legislative interns will work alongside senators and legislative assistants in responding to constituent calls, letters and e-mails, as well as staffing Senate committees and assisting with actual floor proceedings.
Long said academic credit for the internship varies from college to college and is arranged between the interns and their academic advisors. Interns often arrange correspondence or independent courses. A three-credit-hour state government course, conducted at the Statehouse throughout the session, is available to all interns.
At the end of each year’s legislative session, Verizon Communications offers a $3,000 scholarship to the top intern from each of the caucuses – Republican and Democrat. Additionally, each caucus awards a $1,000 scholarship in memory of longtime Senate staffer Rick Gudal.
Long said for more information about internships with the Indiana Senate Republicans, students may also call intern coordinators toll-free at 800-382-9467.
Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne) is President Pro-Tem of the Indiana Senate. He serves District 16, which includes portions of Fort Wayne