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 co-curricular components to enrich their experience. 

Governor’s Summer Interns spend at least 50 percent of their time on a predetermined project that enhances college-level skills and abilities. The 2017 program was paid a rate of $11.30 per hour and/or college credit was given to the students if approved by their respective colleges and universities. 

In 2017, more than 160 interns were hired in 32 executive branch agencies. The internships attract students from many areas of study including engineering, business, communications, finance, agriculture, and veterinary science. There are also co-curricular components of the program to ensure it is competitive, reputable, and inclusive of experiential learning. Interns participate in cohort activities on a weekly basis designed to enable:

  • Professional growth and preparedness for the workforce upon graduation,
  • Exposure to many facets of state government,
  • Networking and camaraderie development among the cohort.

SPD facilitated internship events on the Government Center campus designed to meet the goals stated above. Events included panel discussions with state government leaders, professional development seminars like a soft skills workshop, and tours of state and community assets like the War Memorial. 

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 Indiana job bank.

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