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While the rest of us are simply reading about controversies and votes at the Indiana Statehouse, Manchester University senior Chris Minter is in the thick of things as an intern with the Indiana Senate Democrats.
“There's nothing like being on the Senate floor as bills are debated and passed, or sitting in committee meetings and hearing testimony from the people who are directly affected by proposed legislation,” she said.
Minter is the legislative intern for Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, a lawyer from Anderson who represents Senate District 25. The district includes most of Madison County, including Anderson, Elwood, Alexandria, Pendleton, Chesterfield, Edgewood, Ingalls, Markleville, Orestes and parts of Frankton.
The paid internship is for the current legislative session. She started at the beginning of January and will serve into the spring.
“Our General Assembly is a part-time legislative body, so things move quickly! I've had to learn a lot of things in a short amount of time,” Minter said.
There are 108 interns total between the four caucuses, but only 11 positions were available with the Senate Democrats. Her job includes putting together bill packets and taking notes at executive meetings.
Minter learned about the internship through Manchester University Career Services as a first-year student but did not consider the opportunity until her junior year.
She said her academic advisor, political science Professor Leonard Williams, was very helpful when it came to moving her schedule around to accommodate this opportunity. It helped that Minter overloaded her class schedule with more than 20 credits in the spring of her freshman year and the fall of her sophomore year so that she could study abroad for a semester in Ireland.
“That schedule crunch did make things easier here toward the end of my academic career at MU, though, and I know I wouldn't have had the flexibility to take advantage of this opportunity otherwise,” Minter said.
She graduates in May. A political science major with a minor in sociology, Minter was MU Student Senate president when she accepted the internship. She stepped down and passed the gavel to Jake Burns, a junior from LaPorte, Ind. Minter is from New Paris in northern Indiana’s Elkhart County.
February 20, 2015