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Howard County lawmakers seek applicants for paid Statehouse internships

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Howard County lawmakers invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Local legislators seeking interns include State Reps. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo).

Cook said local college and graduate students, and recent graduates should apply.

“An internship with Indiana House Republicans provides students opportunities to transfer skills they learn in the classroom into real-life experiences,” Cook said. “Interns play an essential role in helping lawmakers during the legislative session and in committee hearings.” 

According to Karickhoff, the internship program is a unique opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and apply skills in a real-world setting. He said the paid internship is full-time and takes place during the spring semester.

“This internship gives students a unique insight into Indiana state government,” Karickhoff said. “While they are serving as an extension of our full-time staff, they are gaining experience to expand and refine their skills in a department of their interest.”

VanNatter said internship positions are open to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates of all majors. Students can apply for internships in a variety of areas, focusing on legislative operations, communications and media relations, policy or fiscal policy.

“Employers place a high value on job candidates who have experience outside of what they learn in the classroom,” VanNatter said. “This opportunity provides students a chance to develop connections that jumpstart them in their professional careers.”

According to area lawmakers, these positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750, and can earn academic credit through their college or university. Interns are also eligible to apply for a competitive $3,000 scholarship to use toward undergraduate and graduate expenses.  

More information about the Indiana House Republican Internship Program and the application can be found at The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.