Interns represent the next generation of Illinois leaders

This summer the Illinois House Republican Caucus welcomed more than 40 high school and college students from around the state to participate in Leader Tony McCombie’s paid internship program. 

Interns were assigned to legislative district offices and other divisions within the Office of the House Minority Leader where they gained valuable insight into the day-to day operations of legislative offices as well as the responsibilities of legislators and their support staff.

The internship program was designed to expand participants' skillsets and to introduce them to all aspects of work conducted by the Leader’s staff, from policy creation to constituent services. In addition to the work in their assigned offices, each week interns participated in a robust and informative series of virtual educational seminars to familiarize them with different divisions and opportunities within the Office of the Minority Leader awaiting them when they complete their education. From communications and research to human resources and information technology, interns were made aware of the various aspects of working for a legislative caucus. 

Students are a valuable part of our team each year. In fact, numerous permanent staff members within the Office of the House Minority Leader began their careers as an intern with a State Representative/State Senator or a legislative caucus. The energy, enthusiasm, and youth perspective brought by our interns has made a positive impact across the state this summer; from Chicago to the suburbs to each of Illinois’ vibrant Downstate communities. As House Minority Leader Tony McCombie often points out, House Republicans represent residents of ALL 102 Illinois counties.  Our success is a team effort, one that welcomes and encourages the contributions of young people from all walks of life throughout the State of Illinois. 

Our talented interns represent the next generation of Illinois leaders and the House Republican Caucus is committed to strengthening opportunity in our state so they – and all students – can achieve their personal and professional goals right here in the Land of Lincoln.

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