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Internship Application Deadline Approaching

The application deadline for the 2019 Indiana House Republican Internship Program is Oct. 31.

The House Republican Internship Program provides unique opportunities for college students and recent graduates to participate in state government at the Indiana Statehouse while gaining hands-on experience. This paid internship allows interns to immerse themselves in the legislative process by working directly with state representatives and professional staff.

For many students and recent graduates looking to launch their professional careers, internships with the House Republicans are valuable stepping stones. Nearly 95 percent of employers consider a candidate’s professional experience when hiring for full-time positions, so this program is designed to help interns develop real-world work skills and connections.

The spring semester internship is open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. Interns receive a bi-weekly compensation of $750 and can earn college credits. This is a full-time position at the Statehouse in Indianapolis for the duration of the 2019 legislative session, which runs January through April.

The House Republican Internship Program is a great opportunity to make valuable connections while building a resume. To learn more about internship opportunities and the application process, watch these informational videos about each position and visit



Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Schools, organizations and individuals across the nation will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, and encouraging children to stay drug-free.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, began in 1985 in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena by drug traffickers. Americans of all ages began wearing red ribbons in honor of Camarena and in support of drug awareness.

Today, the Red Ribbon Campaign encourages schools and communities to participate in drug prevention activities. Here are a few ways the campaign suggests celebrating Red Ribbon Week:

  • Find creative ways to communicate the meaning behind this year’s theme, “Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free;”
  • Sign the Red Ribbon Pledge;
  • Use the campaign’s curriculum ideas in classrooms or at home to start a discussion with your children;
  • Enter the Red Ribbon photo contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for your child’s school;
  • Share your support on Facebook or Twitter using #RedRibbonWeek; and
  • Send in your ideas to the 2019 Red Ribbon Theme Contest.

In addition to celebrating Red Ribbon Week, you can help protect children from accidental drug consumption by dropping off unwanted and expired prescription medication on Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 27.

Click here to find a drop off site near you.

Discover Downtown

Downtown Development Week, Oct. 8-14, celebrates Indiana towns and cities’ commitment to preserving and investing in their communities.

Downtown areas are often prominent employment centers, community gathering places, local business incubators and the historic core of a community. Downtown Development Week is an excellent opportunity to showcase all of the positive activities and investments that are happening in Indiana’s downtowns. To view an interactive map of planned events across the state, click here.

It’s not too late to plan an event, and there is no celebration too big or too small. An easy way to participate in Downtown Development Week is by transforming regular activities like farmers markets into a downtown-themed event. If your community plans to hold an event, be sure to let the Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs know by filling out this survey so they can help promote it.

Click here to learn more about Downtown Development Week and events happening throughout Indiana.


Prepare for college by filling out FAFSA

Students can prepare for college by defining their goals and interests, understanding the costs, and planning academically and financially.

The first step when applying for college for all students is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is a form that needs to be filed annually to determine financial aid eligibility for students and those planning to attend college. Regardless of income level, every college student should file a FAFSA each year. The deadline for filing for the 2019-2020 academic year is April 15, 2019.

New college students and those returning for the 2019-2020 school year can now fill out the FAFSA form from their smartphones. The My Student Aid app can be used to complete the FAFSA or check federal student aid history. Not only is this convenient, but it is also beneficial to those who may rely on their phones for internet access.

The FAFSA can also be filled out online at If you need assistance submitting the application, call 1-800-4FED-AID.

There are several types of financial aid available, including help for those serving in the military, tax benefits for education, vouchers for current and former foster care youth, and scholarship and loan repayments through the Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to explore different types of financial aid.

The State of Indiana also offers a variety of student financial aid. To learn more about financial aid opportunities in Indiana, click here.

Get a jumpstart on your future

It’s never too early for high school seniors to begin applying to and preparing for college.

Seventeen Indiana colleges will waive their application fees in recognition of College Application Day on Sept. 28, with 15 additional colleges offering free applications year-round. Fee waivers for those in foster care, 21stCentury Scholars and more are also continuously available. View the full list of participating colleges here.

College Application Day, sponsored in partnership by Learn More Indiana and the national American College Application Campaign, aims to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue education beyond high school.

While applying to college is the first important step, incoming and current college students should also start preparing to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which will open on Oct. 1 for the 2019-2020 academic school year. The annual FAFSA form determines financial aid eligibility for college students or those planning on pursuing a post-secondary education.

When thinking about applications and financing for college, those who want to earn a teaching degree should remember to apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship before the Nov. 30 deadline.

Vote for Your Indiana Favorites

That restaurant with the burger you always order; that day trip to the museum that captivated your kiddos; and that one state park you’d visit rain or shine could land on the Best of Indiana list.

Visit Indiana is asking you to vote for your favorite Indiana state parks and recreation areas, museums and specialty burgers to help highlight the best of Indiana.

The Parks

Indiana is home to over 30 state parks. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the Ohio River, Indiana boasts waterfalls, lakes, hills and countless other scenic views.  Maybe it’s the sail boating, the rocky caverns to hike or the atmosphere in a state park lodge that makes one stand out to you as the best.

The Museums

There are a variety of museums to explore in Indiana, from displays of vintage campers to shows celebrating the legacies of Hoosier Hollywood stars. These museums celebrate the ingenuity, arts and rich history that have shaped Indiana. Let these places, the ones that succeeded in transporting you to another time or sparked your imagination, know with your vote how much you liked them.

The Burgers

Stacking anything from queso to pot roast between two buns, the burger choices stretch across the board, challenging voters to narrow down their top five. Whether it’s your road trip dinner destination or your local go-to on your lunch break, give that dream burger the recognition it deserves.

Voting for your favorites is open through Saturday, Oct. 27. Help highlight the finest places in Indiana and share your top choices. To learn more and cast your votes, click here.

New Heatmap Helps Document Drug Overdoses

Working to solve the opioid epidemic in Indiana is an ongoing issue that requires a vast pool of advocates and resources.

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse recently launched an online, interactive map that helps depict drug overdoses happening in Indiana.

The Naloxone Administration Heatmap is a compilation of EMS reports documenting when and where the opioid reversing drug naloxone was administered. The use of naloxone, often called by its brand name, Narcan, does not always denote an overdose, but about 75 percent of recorded incidents are likely overdoses.

Visitors to the website can apply different filters to the map, viewing the use over different years and times of day. This helps give an expansive picture of the state and how opioid overdoses have impacted Hoosier communities from 2014 to the present. This map gives additional insight and moves Indiana forward in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

New legislation passed during the 2018 legislative session is also helping combat reckless drug use. Those who deal or illegally manufacture drugs that lead to the death of a user can now be charged with the highest possible felony and the number of treatment locations increased from 18 to 27 so that any Hoosier is now within an hour’s drive of receiving help.

First responders, lawmakers and organizations like the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse are working together to create a united front against the opioid epidemic. Each of us can join in the fight by staying informed and encouraging friends and family with addictions to find help. Those struggling can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or visit

To learn view the heatmap, click here.


Encouraging the next generation of Hoosier teachers

Teachers dedicate over 900 hours to the classroom each school year, inspiring the next generation to succeed personally, academically and professionally.

In Indiana, current high school seniors who wish to follow in their teachers’ footsteps and pursue a degree in education can apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

This scholarship provides up to 200 students with renewable scholarships of $7,500 for up to 4 years. Scholarship recipients must commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years upon graduation.

With this program, more high-achieving students will hopefully pursue a teaching career and work in Indiana classrooms as they keep their college costs down and share their talents in Hoosier schools.

Applicants need to be in the highest 20 percent of their high school graduating class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Along with good grades, those interested must be nominated by a teacher and submit a nomination form with their application, which is available at Applications must be submitted by Nov. 30.

For more information and to apply, visit

Hoosiers Share Career Journeys

Librarians, welders, CEOs and other Hoosier professionals are sharing their career journeys on State of Change.

State of Change is an online platform where experienced professionals provide guidance to young Hoosiers beginning their careers. The website is powered by Share Your Road, which specializes in collecting advice from people of different trades across the country.

Each professional’s profile discusses what brought them to Indiana, where their career started and what steps they took to reach their current position.

These personal stories of work-related struggles and successes help young people steer their careers and achieve their occupational goals. Some of the stories on State of Change stress the importance of being active in the community while others encourage finding work that embodies a cause you’re passionate about.

Over 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking; and State of Change connects professionals across the state and encourages others to come to Indiana.

Each journey is different. Perhaps your professional story could help guide someone else. To learn more about sharing your story, click here.

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