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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. Governor’s Summer Interns spend at least 50 percent of their time on a predetermined project that enhances college-level skills and abilities.
The 2014 Governor’s Summer Internship program pays an hourly rate of $11.30 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.
A total of 105 interns were hired in 21 executive branch agencies this summer. The types of internships range from engineering to business, communications, finance and biology. Many of the students are also in graduate or law school programs as well. The number of internships also varies 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 February through early March. To be considered, interested students must submit an online application for the specific internship(s) of choice via the state of Indiana job bank.