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La Porte Man Going to School at Statehouse

(Indianapolis, IN) - La Porte High School graduate John Wilcox is gaining experience as an intern at the Indiana statehouse.


Wilcox spends time with State Representative Jim Pressel, a Republican from Rolling Prairie, and other Indiana House of Representatives members during the 2022 legislative session.


"This internship has been a great opportunity for me to work in a professional environment," Wilcox said.

Wilcox is majoring in legal studies at Ball State University.


"I have learned a lot about the inner workings of state government and met a lot of state officials. My favorite part of the internship has been helping constituents solve issues they are dealing with," Wilcox said.

As a legislative intern, Wilcox corresponds with constituents through phone calls, letters and emails while also staffing committee hearings and floor proceedings.


"For John and his fellow interns, this opportunity provides valuable experience in a professional setting," Pressel said.

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.


"He works hard every day to serve Hoosiers and manages a lot of important tasks. It's always exciting to watch young students learn and grow, and I appreciate John's work ethic and passion for helping others," Pressel said.

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