The Office of State Representative Phil Robinson (D-6) is searching for qualified undergraduate and graduate students for volunteer internships at the Ohio House of Representatives. Rep. Robinson represents Ohio House District 6 in Southeast Cuyahoga County, which includes Bentleyville, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Chagrin Falls, Gates Mills, Glenwillow, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Independence, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood, Seven Hills, Solon, Valley View, and Walton Hills. Rep. Robinson was just recently elected to his first term, with a historic win being the first black legislator elected to represent any of the outer Cuyahoga County suburbs. Rep. Robinson is currently serving on the House Ways & Means Committee, House Economic & Workforce Development Committee, and is the ranking member of the House Primary & Secondary Education Committee.
Interning for the legislature provides an opportunity for students that care about the course of the state of Ohio to gain an understanding of the legislative process by actively participating in it.
As an intern in Rep. Robinson’s office, you will gain:
· Experience and knowledge in Ohio politics, state-level policy and government operations, and the legislative process to pass laws.
· A professional background and contacts that can potentially lead to other career opportunities, including paid, full-time staff positions at the Ohio Statehouse.
· A chance to help pass good laws and serve the voters and residents of Ohio.
Some of your expected responsibilities will include:
· Supporting constituent outreach through writing correspondence and responses.
· Filing, scheduling, answering the phone, database entry, and other office administrative tasks.
· Research and writing related to legislative and communications work of our office.
· Assist the representative both indirectly and directly for committee hearings, session days, and other tasks the representative will need aid in.
The qualities we are looking for in interns are:
· Enthusiasm and/or interest in politics, state-level government, public policy, public administration, the legislative process, political science, the social sciences, civil/public service, and wanting to help people.
· Multitasking and adaptability to fast-paced office environments.
· Strong verbal and written communications skills with high attention to detail.
· Strong planning and organizational skills with the ability to manage time effectively.
· Availability between 5 – 20 hours during the work week between 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
We do not require but encourage you to apply if you:
· Have a background, knowledge, and/or interest in policy related to education, local government, job and economic growth, and government ethics issues.
· Are a resident of and/or who grew up in Cuyahoga County and especially any of the communities of District Six.
We work with schools and departments to compensate volunteer interns with college credit for their internship classes/programs. For more information, please contact your respective department guidance counselor.
Wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing measures during the pandemic is required for this internship.
The internship’s starting date is at the end of your spring semester or the beginning of your summer semester for your school’s academic calendar, but our office is flexible to the exact date based on your schedule.
Applicants should send their resume and a one-page writing sample to Dakota Bidgood at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Internship Application.” Please include your availability in the email. First interviews begin May 10th as scheduled but there is an open deadline to apply and accepting interns on a rolling basis until all office hour time-slots are filled.
If hired after interview, earliest start date is June 7, 2021 or after.