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Governor's Public Service Summer Internship Program & Governor’s Fellowship Program

For college students with a minimum of one year of undergraduate education
Every summer, the Indiana State Personnel Department (INSPD) 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.

For college students who received their bachelor’s degree in fall of 2018 or who will receive it in spring of 2019
Governor’s Fellows work alongside dedicated professionals on projects that positively impact the state while developing skills and relationships that will ultimately serve them well in whatever career path they choose. Although open to anyone graduating in fall of 2018 or spring of 2019, the Governor’s Fellowship Program gives special consideration to applicants from Indiana, and likely candidates will have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
 

Governor's Public Service Summer Internship Program

Every summer, the Indiana State Personnel Department (INSPD) 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. Plus, these are paid internships! In 2019 interns are paid $11.30 per hour and college credit is given to the students if approved by their respective colleges and universities.

In 2018, 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

INSPD facilitates 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.

View the list of all open internship opportunities and apply. 

Governor’s Fellowship Program

The Governor’s Fellowship provides a unique experience in Indiana State Government. The program is highly selective, recruiting talented young men and women from across the state who have been out of college for less than a year and who will serve in various State agencies on a rotating basis over the course of a year. Fellows, who are full-time and paid, participate in the daily activities of State Government, complete special projects, and experience firsthand how policies are made.

Governor’s Fellows work in a variety of settings. Many of those who have participated as Governor’s Fellows over the past two decades have gone on to successful careers in both the public and private sector- some serving at the highest levels of local, State, and federal government. They have taken from their fellowship a solid understanding of the workings of government and have gained experience in a variety of areas. At the same time, fellows have been able to give back to the state through their year of public service.

Learn more about the Governor’s Fellowship Program and apply.