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House Internship Application Deadline Oct. 31

The deadline to apply for the Indiana House Republicans’ paid internship is Oct. 31. College students and recent graduates interested in gaining hands-on experience and building their portfolios should apply online as soon as possible.

This internship takes place during the 2020 legislative session (January to mid-March) at the Indiana Statehouse and is full-time Monday-Friday. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750. College sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students can earn course credit during the internship depending on their school and are eligible to apply for a $3,000 scholarship.

The Indiana House Republican Caucus internship is unlike many others. Aside from being a paid position, it offers the opportunity to gain meaningful and real-world work experience. Interns help state representatives in a variety of ways, including in the legislative department and in media relations and policy research. There’s also a need for a law student to work with our chief counsel and staff attorneys who oversee all House proceedings as lawmakers draft and file legislation.

Participants hone valuable job skills and build a strong network of professional contacts. With so many topics debated and industries affected by the legislative process, students from any major can benefit from this experience.

In fact, many former interns have used this opportunity to find jobs with the Indiana House Republicans, as well as with other state government agencies and in the private sector. This internship looks great on a resume and typically serves as a launching pad into other successful careers. Watch a video about a day in the life of an intern.

Don’t wait to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program. Interviews have been ongoing and positions are already being filled. Remember: The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

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Free Smoke Alarms Available

In 2018, 93 people died from house fires across Indiana. Nationally, more than two-thirds of fatal fires occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

To protect more Hoosiers, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security created the “Get Alarmed” program to provide free smoke alarms to Indiana residents.

The “Get Alarmed” program, managed by the Indiana Fire Marshal in partnership with the American Red Cross, aims to address an increase in house fires by providing up to three working smoke alarms to Hoosier households statewide.

The program accepts requests from fire departments and citizens for their primary residences. Click here to request a free alarm.

Last year, the IDHS received a federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant of $512,000, helping to fund the purchase of 10,000 smoke alarms, and 1,000 SafeAwake deaf and hearing impaired alarms for the “Get Alarmed” program. The agency works with local fire departments and service providers to properly install the alarms and educate residents about fire prevention and safety. Remember to test your smoke alarms each month to make sure the batteries are still working and replace alarms every 10 years. To learn about fire safety and prevention tips, click here.

For more information on this program, click here.

Harvest Season Driving Tips

Harvest season is in motion, which means more slow-moving farm equipment will be on Indiana’s roads.

According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, farm vehicles were involved in 73 fatal crashes across the U.S., with seven of those incidents occurring in Indiana.

By law, farm equipment must have the nationally designated slow-moving vehicle sign — a red triangle-shaped reflector — to warn other motorists. The most common types of farm equipment Hoosiers will encounter are combines and tractors pulling grain carts, and these vehicles often travel at speeds less than 25 mph.

Giving yourself extra time and planning ahead by finding alternate routes helps. It is also important to watch for wide vehicles, especially when approaching hills and curves in the road.

Farmers will pull over for motorists to pass when they are able, but it may take them some time to find a safe place to do so. When attempting to pass farm equipment, always look for oncoming traffic, and make sure the vehicle is actually pulling over to let you pass and not making a wide left turn.

Do not drive around these vehicles within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge or tunnel.

Remember to be cautious on the roads this harvest season.

For more safety tips, click here or visit isda.in.gov.

Scholarships for nontraditional female students

Are you a woman heading back to school to advance your career? Deciding to go back to school after taking time off can be daunting, but it is never too late to learn something new. To help you along the way, the Indiana Political Organization for Women’s Education and Representation (POWER) offers scholarships to nontraditional female students whose education was delayed or interrupted.

Women who are returning to school after a hiatus, changing careers, and seeking advancement in their careers or work lives, as well as stay-at-home moms entering the workplace who are in need of additional education and training, can earn a scholarship of $750 to put toward their education.

Through this scholarship, nontraditional female students can receive financial help as they further their education. Obtaining higher education credentials can open doors and POWER wants to help hardworking Hoosiers meet their career goals and aspirations, regardless of their age, family structure or previous work experience.

There will be 18 scholarships awarded – two per congressional district – to women who are residents of the state of Indiana and who are pursuing their educational endeavors in the state.

The primary criteria for selecting the scholarship recipients includes financial need, personal vision, service to the community and future plans.

Scholarships will be awarded at a ceremony in February. To fill out an application before the Oct. 18 deadline, click here.

Know sepsis and its symptoms

Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals, claiming the lives of over 3,500 Hoosiers last year. Despite its prevalence, only 65% of Americans have heard of the condition, and even fewer know the symptoms. With September being Sepsis Awareness Month, it is important to know about sepsis and its warning signs.

Sepsis is the body’s response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. From strep throat to pneumonia, almost any infection can lead to sepsis, making it all the more difficult to diagnose due to the wide variety of symptoms. However, signs of the condition can include shivering, extreme pain, pale or discolored skin, and shortness of breath. Early diagnosis is critical, as sepsis becomes deadlier the longer it goes undetected.

To raise awareness of this deadly condition and help prevent sepsis from taking more Hoosier lives, House Republicans supported legislation establishing the Sepsis Treatment Guideline Task Force. The task force develops best practices and provides guideline recommendations to the Indiana State Department of Health, which will work to ensure the guidelines are adopted and implemented throughout Indiana.

For more information on this deadly condition and its symptoms, click here.

INDOT To Host Job Fairs Sept. 17

The Indiana Department of Transportation will host job fairs across the state from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time on Sept. 17. Both full-time and winter seasonal positions are available.

More than 100 seasonal positions need to be filled from November to March, with a starting pay of $16 an hour. Eligible candidates also get $250 sign-on and $500 retention bonuses.

Candidates should attend a fair in the district they plan to work, including:

Greenfield District
Indianapolis Sub District: 7105 S. Brookville Road, Indianapolis

LaPorte District
Gary Sub District: 7601 Melton Road, Gary
LaPorte Sub District: 315 E. Boyd Blvd., LaPorte
Plymouth Sub District: 2845 Jack Greenlee Drive, Plymouth

Fort Wayne District
Elkhart Sub District: 58905 County Road 9, Elkhart
Fort Wayne Sub District: 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne

Crawfordsville District
Cloverdale Sub District: 10 High St., Cloverdale
Terre Haute Sub District: 5693 E. Sony Dr., Terre Haute
West Lafayette Sub District: 2319 U.S. 231, West Lafayette

Seymour District
Aurora Sub District: 8074 U.S. 50 West Aurora
Bloomington Sub District: 2965 N. Prow Road, Bloomington

Interested Hoosiers should register online at www.indotjobs.com prior to Sept. 17, but it is not required. Walk-in candidates are welcomed at each job fair. Proof of a Commercial Driver’s License is required for each position, and a high school diploma or General Education Development certificate is preferred.

With 3,500 employees, INDOT builds and maintains approximately 29,000 miles of highway, 5,700 bridges and 4,500 rail miles. The agency helped Indiana earn the No. 1 spot for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2019 America’s Top States for Business rankings. Visit INDOT’s website for more information.

Scholarships Available For Future Teachers

An outstanding teacher can have a life-changing, positive impact on a growing student, and even inspire them to become an educator too.

Those who wish to pursue a teaching career can now apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. Designed to help high-achieving students passionate about education keep their college costs down and share their talents in Hoosier schools, the scholarship is awarded to 200 students across the state that commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years upon graduation. Recipients will receive up to $7,500 per year of college for up to four years.

To qualify, students must either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Along with good grades, those interested must have a teacher nominate them, and submit a nomination form with their application, which is available at ScholarTrack.IN.gov.

Current college freshmen and sophomores are also eligible for the scholarship. Students must currently attend or plan to attend an eligible Indiana institution for their degree. While in college, recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete 30 credit hours per year to renew the scholarship.

Interested students must apply by Nov. 30. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher for more information and to apply.

Scholarships available to volunteer firefighters, EMS

Communities across the state depend on firefighters and EMS personnel to keep them safe. Many of these emergency responders are volunteers and we need more people to serve. In an effort to boost rosters at volunteer fire departments and volunteer EMS agencies, Ivy Tech Community College is offering free tuition to students who actively volunteer.

The Ivy Tech Community College Public Safety Scholarship is available for any degree-seeking student who is an active volunteer firefighter or EMS personnel. They can attend classes on a full-time or part-time basis.

Ivy Tech, with more than 40 locations across Indiana, is piloting this two-year program at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Following the 2021-2022 school year, data on the program will go to the state to assess involvement, benefits and consider expanding the program in the future.

Many volunteer firefighters have other full-time jobs, and some may be looking to jumpstart or further advance their careers. Completing college courses at Ivy Tech can help them meet their goals, while saving money and protecting our communities.

The scholarship will cover tuition and technology fees for all credited programs at Ivy Tech, except for flight, aviation and general studies. Students are required to provide documentation to the registrar’s office that they volunteer as a firefighter or EMS personnel to qualify.

These volunteer departments are vital to protecting our homes and families, and this scholarship is a great step in thanking them for their service while attracting others to the field.

Click here for more information on the scholarship, applications and other financial aid opportunities.

Paid Statehouse Internships Available

The Indiana House Republican Caucus is accepting internship applications from students who are interested in getting a firsthand look at how their state government works during the 2020 legislative session, which starts in January.

An internship with House Republicans provides students opportunities to learn more about the legislative process while working directly with elected officials and staff. Students can gain valuable hands-on experience to set them apart from other candidates in the competitive job market.

More than 90 percent of employers look for tangible experience when hiring a candidate for a full-time position. The House Republican Internship Program has provided many students a jumpstart to their careers in state government and the private sector.

The internship run from January through mid-March, and are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students and recent graduates. These full-time positions provide $750 bi-weekly and opportunities to earn college credits.

Interns chosen for this experience are placed in 1 of 4 departments based on their interest and skill sets, including:

Legislative – Interns will work directly with a legislative assistant throughout the session. They will be responsible for tracking legislation, working with constituents and researching legislative questions or problems;

Communications – Students will be paired with a press secretary to help with media relations for a select group of state representatives. Some of the interns’ responsibilities will be covering press conferences, writing press releases and e-newsletters, helping with audio and video production, and coordinating interviews with reporters. Candidates with graphic design experience are also encouraged to apply.

Fiscal Policy – An intern will work with fiscal staff on matters that relate to Indiana’s finances and biennial budget; or

Policy – The intern will work with staff to track and analyze legislation.

To learn more about the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, visit indianahouserepublicans.com/internship. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

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