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Indiana State Personnel Department

Indiana State Personnel Department

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Governor's Public Service Summer Internship Program

Every summer, the State Personnel Department administers the Governor’s Public Service Summer Internship program. This internship program was created in 1989 to introduce bright and motivated college students to the operations and officials of state government. This program provides interns the opportunity to work with state agency officials, as well as participate in a Speakers Series which features various elected officials, state agency directors and other government representatives. Students are encouraged to interact with one another regarding their varying experiences and to attend any meetings and forums throughout the Government Center complex that are open to the public and would enhance their summer experience. Interns spend at least 50 percent of their time on projects that enhances college-level skills and abilities. 

The 2016 Governor’s Summer Internship program is paid a rate of $11.30 per hour and/or college credit is given to the students as well if approved by their respective colleges and universities. Agencies' budget dictates whether the internships are paid and this can fluctuate from year to year. 

This year, 142 interns were hired in 25 executive branch agencies. The types of internships range from engineering to business, communications, finance and biology. The number of internships can also vary throughout the years. 

To be considered for this internship program, candidates must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate with an accredited post-secondary institution and have completed at least one (1) year of undergraduate education.

The timeframe for applications ranges from January through February. To be considered, interested students must submit an online application for the specific internship(s) of choice via the state of Indiana job bank. 


The 2016 Governor's Public Service Summer interns began their internships in May. Are you curious about what it's like to have a state summer internship? Read about one state agency's internship in this profile.