Banks announces internship program in Fort Wayne office

FORT WAYNE — Banks is accepting applicants for the internship program in his Fort Wayne office.

“In my years at the Indiana Statehouse, I was fortunate to have the assistance of many outstanding interns who helped me better serve my constituents,” said Banks. “I am excited to continue this program in my Congressional office, and I hope that interns will play an integral part of my district operation. I look forward to welcoming them to our Fort Wayne office.”

Banks currently has full-time and part-time internship opportunities available. College students or recent college graduates are preferred. These internships are designed to give students an inside view of how a Congressional district office functions on a day-to-day basis. This program is a great opportunity for students seeking a deeper understanding of the various branches of government and how they interact.

These positions will also allow students to work with congressional staff to support daily office functions. Interns will interact with constituents, answer phones and perform administrative work such as filing, emailing, researching federal regulations and legislation, and word processing. All work is performed in an office environment and requires interaction with staff members and the public. Positions are unpaid.

While priority is given to residents of Indiana’s Third District, all applicants will be considered. Candidates must be highly motivated, self-starters, detail-oriented and possess excellent communication skills. They also must demonstrate a strong work ethic, positive attitude, the ability to manage multiple tasks on a deadline and a strong desire to learn about the legislative branch.

Students interested in an internship should send a resume, writing sample and cover letter to: Tinisha Weigelt, IN03.Internships@mail.house.gov.

Banks votes to roll back more Obama regulations

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jim Banks R-Columbia City, voted to eliminate three Obama-era regulations.

The congressman voted to nullify the following rules: (1) the rule established by the Department of Education in October that expanded the federal government’s role in teacher preparation; (2) the November Department of Education rule that would have intruded on states’ ability to implement their own academic standards; and (3) a Bureau of Land Management rule that reduces states and local officials’ ability to administer public lands.

“These are important steps that help roll back excessive rule-making by the federal government under the Obama Administration,” said Banks. “The more we can localize education decisions, the better. I also voted to return power to state and local officials to manage federal lands more effectively.”

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