Local graduate gains experience at the Statehouse

STATEHOUSE – Bedford North Lawrence High School graduate Emily Shoemaker is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2021 legislative session.

Shoemaker, a Lawrence County resident, is the daughter of Neil and Jennifer Riley. She graduated from Hanover College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and is currently attending Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Emily Shoemaker and Rep. Chris May

“This internship is a great way to learn more about how state government works, and it has given me a deeper appreciation for those working in public service,” Shoemaker said. “Helping Hoosiers and learning about the legislative process has been very interesting and rewarding.”

As a legislative intern, Shoemaker works directly with May and corresponds with constituents through phone calls, letters and emails while also staffing committee hearings.

“Emily, along with other interns, are an important part of the legislative session. They help staff and members with daily tasks, prepare legislators for meetings and work directly with constituents,” May said. “The skills and experience she is gaining as a legislative intern provide the groundwork for launching a successful career.”

Each year, the House of Representatives offers paid internship opportunities to college students, law school students, graduate students and recent college graduates for the duration of each legislative session.

Visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com/internship for more information about the House Republican Internship Program.