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Internships available through Indiana Senate Republicans

Thursday, October 6, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- College upperclassmen and recent graduates may set their résumés apart by gaining Statehouse experience offered through internships with the Indiana Senate Republicans, State Senator John Waterman (R-Shelburn) said.

Waterman said applications for the full-time, spring semester, Senate internships -- including legislative and communication opportunities -- are available online at www.senaterepublicans.in.gov/internship.....

A résumé, two reference letters, college transcripts and a writing sample are required submissions. All complete applications are due Oct. 31.

"During the legislative session, Senate interns help with communications and legislative tasks," Waterman said. "While it's fun and exciting, internships also provide a good opportunity for college students and recent graduates to strengthen their résumés, learn more about the legislative process and gain valuable work experience."

Legislative interns work alongside senators and legislative assistants, responding to constituent calls, letters and e-mails, as well as staffing Senate committees and assisting with floor proceedings.

Communications interns gain practical experience, helping press secretaries prepare and distribute news releases, guest columns, letters to the editor, direct mail, e-newsletters, e-invitations, web updates, audio feeds and video productions.

Waterman said Senate interns may want to pan to live in or near Indianapolis during the internship due to the varied work schedule during the legislative session. Interns earn a $700 bi-weekly stipend to assist with living expenses.

Selected applicants are invited to attend the General Assembly's ceremonial Organization Day Nov. 22, and officially begin their internships with a mandatory orientation Dec. 27.

Senate internships last the duration of legislative sessions, which by law is scheduled to end on or before March 14, 2012.

Waterman said interested college students should contact Jennifer Carlton, Senate Majority Intern Director, by e-mail at jcarlton@iga.in.gov, for more information about internships with the Indiana Senate Republicans.

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