Two Jennings residents serving as House interns

Tribune staff reports

Local graduates have been given the opportunity to gain experience as interns with state District 69 Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, and other members of the House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session.

As an intern in the House Majority Communications Office, Laura Hauersperger of Hayden helps write press releases, create legislative handouts and set up news conferences.

Hauersperger, the daughter of Bernard and Cari Hauersperger, is an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis senior majoring in journalism with a concentration in public relations and minoring in political science.

As a legislative intern, Ashlee Morris of North Vernon corresponds with constituents through phone calls, letters and emails. She also helps staff committee hearings and floor proceedings.

Morris, the daughter of Billy and Kristi Morris, earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and majored in psychology. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at IUPUI.

“This internship offers hands-on experiences for young adults,” Lucas said. “The Indiana Statehouse is the place to be for students and graduates who have an interest in politics and want the opportunity to be more engaged in their state government.”

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.

For information about the House Republican Internship Program, visit