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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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Legislative Service Commission Internship Provides A Unique Opportunity to Learn About State Government
Each year, legislators consider hundreds of bills and amendments in committees and during House and Senate sessions. None of this would be possible without the hard work of the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC), which provides a variety of technical and research services to lawmakers and staff at the Statehouse, such as drafting and analyzing bills and amendments and providing estimates of state revenue and expenditures.
In addition to their work for legislators, the LSC also sponsors full-time, paid internships each year designed to provide recent college graduates interested in government and politics the opportunity to learn first-hand about the inner workings of the Ohio General Assembly.
The LSC Internship program begins the first week in December and ends December 31st of the following year. No political experience is necessary and the only eligibility requirement is that applicants must have graduated from a four-year college degree program by the start of the program. The program is not limited to those majoring in political science or other government-related fields – in fact, the 2010 class features interns who studied history, business and sports management and several who have also earned master’s and law degrees.
The majority of LSC interns work in the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate, where they are assigned to work either for an individual member or for an entire caucus. Other interns work directly with LSC staff in drafting legislation and performing legal or fiscal research. Two interns with backgrounds in telecommunications are assigned to Ohio Government Telecommunications, the agency responsible for televising legislative sessions and producing other government and educational programming.
Here in the Ohio Senate, LSC interns are assigned to members’ offices, where they perform a wide range of activities such as assisting with administrative duties and constituent inquiries, attending meetings, researching legislative issues and writing speeches and press releases. The interns also monitor committee hearings and floor sessions in order to gain more insight into the legislative process. The skills and relationships interns gain during the year will benefit them throughout their professional lives, whether they continue to work in government or pursue a career in another field.
I am pleased to say that the intern that has been assigned to my office this year is also from southwestern Ohio. Mallory Heidorn is a native of Cincinnati and attended Xavier University, where she majored in philosophy, politics and the public and political science. Mallory has been a wonderful addition to my office, and I hope she enjoys her time working in the Ohio Senate.
Applications for the legislative internship program are due by April 1 and the deadline to apply for a telecommunications internship is May 31. For more information about the program or to download an application, please visit LSC’s Web site at www.lsc.state.oh.us/internship
. You can also write to Internship Program Coordinators, 77 South High Street, 9th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or concerns about any state-related matter. You can reach my office by phone at (614) 466-9737, by e-mail at SD07@senate.state.oh.us or by writing State Senator Shannon Jones, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to hearing from you.