Indiana’s students have many opportunities to participate in paid internships or work-based programs. These experiences allow young Hoosiers to determine which career path is right for them and develop their skills to enter the workforce. However, some may feel they have no choice but to turn these opportunities down, as their pay could jeopardize their families’ eligibility for certain benefits.

Programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are based on a family’s net income. Currently, these programs include pay from internships and opportunities geared toward students when considering a family’s eligibility. State lawmakers want young Hoosiers to be able to take advantage of these opportunities to advance their careers.

Proposed legislation would exempt dependents’ income earned through paid internships and work-based programs from their families’ eligibility for these programs. Every Hoosier should be able to participate in these experiences regardless of their families’ financial situation.

Indiana continues working to further develop its workforce to meet the needs of job creators across the state. In fact, according to Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative, there are more than 45,000 high-paying job openings in fields such as advanced manufacturing and health care. This legislation would help fill jobs and continue Indiana’s economic momentum.

Click here to learn more about House Bill 1009.