Waynedale Political Commentaries


During each legislative session, the Indiana Senate provides internship opportunities for college students, graduate students and recent college graduates. Throughout the legislative session, interns learn about Indiana’s current issues, network, practice leadership skills, develop their professional brand and have the opportunity to gain academic credit.

As young professionals, our interns are given a unique, firsthand look into the legislative process. Many interns go on to successful careers in the Senate or in fields like law or government. In fact, more than 80 percent of our Senate staff are former interns, and State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) was a legislative intern herself.

Internships are offered with both the Republican and Democratic caucuses. Applicants interested in working for the Republican caucus have the option to apply for a position in a number of different offices, including legal, legislative, policy, communications, multimedia and information technology.

Legal interns conduct legal and policy research, file legislative documents, summarize amendments and conference committees and help create the daily legislative calendar.

Legislative interns conduct policy research, track and analyze bill data, provide constituent services and staff committee hearings.

Policy interns conduct policy research, track legislative proposals and write memos on legislation.

Press secretary interns track legislation, write news releases, create e-communication and work with members of the media.

Information technology interns respond to IT needs of senators and staff, troubleshoot hardware and software issues, assist in the implementation of new technologies, and reformat and reimage computers.

Multimedia interns help with photography and video production needs, monitor online streaming of committees and Senate floor sessions, create content for print and web and assist in website management.

This year’s internships will begin with a mandatory orientation in late December and conclude in April 2019 when the legislative session ends. Selected applicants will work full time at the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis, gaining professional experience while contributing to the operations of the Senate in a meaningful way. They will receive a $750 biweekly stipend.

Students seeking any degree are welcome to apply, provided they are at least a college sophomore. Completed applications are due Oct. 31.

For more information and to access applications, you can visit IndianaSenateInternship.com. I highly recommend this program, and I encourage any interested students to apply.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns about these or other issues, contact my office by phone at 800-382-9467 or by email at Senator.Long@iga.in.gov.

David Long - IN Dist. 16 Senator

David is a former Republican member of the Indiana State Senate representing the 16th district which encompasses Waynedale. He served as the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate. David writes the "Straight From The Senate" column for the newspaper. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer