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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 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 2016 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. Agencies absorb the cost of the internship in their respective budgets.
In 2016, 150 interns were hired in 30 executive branch agencies. The internships attracted students from many areas of study including engineering, business, communications, finance, agriculture, and veterinary science. Participation in the program is optional for all executive agencies.
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:
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. The enhanced programming continue in 2017.
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.
Positions should be available to apply to by January. Check back around that time to search positions.
Are you curious about what it's like to have a state summer internship? Read about one state agency's internship in this profile.