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Welcome to the State of Indiana!

We are excited to help you begin your public service journey and enrich the lives of Hoosiers as a Governor’s Public Service Summer Intern. Whether you are working in engineering, communications, agriculture, human resources, data analytics or any other area of government, your contributions are important and have an impact. Public service is a noble cause and we are looking forward to having you join us in this work.

INSPD facilitates internship events on the Government Center Campus in Indianapolis designed to meet the goals of developing, exposing and fostering networking with our Governor's Public Service Summer Interns. Events include panel discussions with state government leaders, professional development seminars, volunteering and more.

The Governor's Public Service Summer Internship program newsletter is another great resource - click here to sign up! Anyone is welcome to be a part of the distribution list and it is strongly encouraged for intern supervisors to join the list as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out Lauren Johnson ( or the Learning & Development team (

2024 Summer Internship Orientation Dates

Date: Monday, May 6, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room C

Date: Monday, May 20, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room B

Note: End times may be adjusted if we end early.

View the Orientation Agenda

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I take advantage of government-wide intern programming, events and developmental opportunities over the summer?

    Our intern programming, events and developmental opportunities can help you:

    • Expand your network: Intern programming is a great way to connect with other interns and professionals across the state government. Building these connections can introduce you to different career paths and resources and may even lead to future job opportunities.
    • Learn about different agencies: Events and programming hosted by different agencies and departments will increase your understanding of the state government and different agencies’ roles and responsibilities—helpful information when you’re deciding where you’d like to take your career next!
    • Make the most of your time: Your internship is a valuable opportunity to learn and grow. Taking advantage of all the resources available to interns will help to make your experience as well-rounded and rewarding as possible to set you up for future career success.
    • Have fun! While our internship programming is designed to help your career, it’s also designed to be fun and engaging. Join in to enjoy new experiences, make new friends and have a memorable summer as an intern.
  • What can I expect of my internship?

    As an intern with the state government, you will gain valuable experience and learn about the inner workings of the government. Your exact experience will depend on the agency and specific program you are working with, but in general you can expect:

    • Exposure to a variety of tasks: Interns often work on a range of tasks, from administrative duties to research projects to event planning. These tasks will give you a broad understanding of the agency’s operations and personnel roles.
    • Mentorship and guidance: You will be paired with a mentor or supervisor who will guide you through your work and help you learn about the agency. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and seek feedback.
    • Networking: Interning with the state government can provide you with opportunities to meet and connect with people in your field of interest. Attend agency events and seek out informational interviews with staff members to learn about their experiences and career paths. You may be able to shadow different departments or jobs that are of interest to you, to gain a more holistic understanding of state government.
    • Professional development: Through the internship experience program, we’re offering top-notch opportunities for training and development. Take advantage of these and any training programs offered to help you build new skills and knowledge.
    • Exposure to public service: With 30,000+ employees, the State of Indiana includes thousands of different jobs. You will gain wide exposure to different career paths and a sense of the impact your work can have on the public.
  • What are the expectations of Governor's Public Service Summer Interns?

    Your supervisor will set the exact expectations for your position, but there are certain expectations for all interns, including:

    • Professionalism: As a representative of the state government, you are expected to act professionally at all times. This includes being punctual and conducting yourself in a respectful manner, including on your social media. Check out “The Professionals Part I: Defining Professionalism” by LinkedIn.
    • Positive attitude: Having a positive attitude and a willingness to take on new challenges will help you be most successful in your role.
    • Accountability: You are responsible for completing assigned tasks in a timely and accurate manner to the best of your abilities. If you encounter issues or difficulties, you should communicate with your supervisor and seek guidance.
    • Communication: Clear and effective communication is key! This includes communicating with supervisors, colleagues and other stakeholders.
    • Confidentiality: You may be privy to sensitive or confidential information during your internship. It is essential that you maintain confidentiality and adhere to all relevant policies and procedures.
    • Compliance: You are expected to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and policies related to your work as a state intern. Contact your supervisor with any questions.
    • Professional development: Take advantage of training and development opportunities offered to you.
  • How can I be a great Governor's Public Service Summer Intern?

    As an intern, you have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on your agency, your colleagues, and Hoosiers across the state. Here are some tips for being a great intern:

    • Be reliable: Show up on time, meet deadlines and communicate any issues that arise. Being reliable is key to building trust and respect with your colleagues and supervisors.
    • Be curious: Ask questions, seek out opportunities to learn and grow and take on new challenges. Being curious shows that you are engaged and interested in your work.
    • Build relationships: Get to know your colleagues and build positive relationships with them. Networking can help you learn more about your agency and your field and can present you with new opportunities.
    • Take initiative: Look for ways to contribute beyond your assigned tasks and take ownership of your work. Taking initiative shows that you are a self starter and a problem solver.
    • Be open to feedback: Listen to feedback from your supervisor and colleagues and be willing to make changes and improve your work. Being open to feedback shows that you are committed to learning and growing.
  • As a Governor's Public Service Summer Intern, what should I do if I have a problem with my supervisor? Is there anyone I can contact?

    It is important to address any issues or concerns you have with your supervisor in a professional and respectful manner. Here are some steps you can take:

    • Talk to your supervisor: If appropriate, schedule a meeting to discuss your concerns and be prepared to explain why the issue is bothering you. Keep the conversation focused on specific issues and avoid becoming defensive or confrontational.
    • Talk to a mentor or advisor: If you are uncomfortable talking to your supervisor directly or if the issue is not resolved after you do, consider reaching out to a mentor or advisor. This could be someone at your agency or another trusted colleague or professor. Your mentor may be able to offer guidance on how to approach the situation or be willing to mediate a conversation between you and your supervisor.
    • File a formal complaint: If the issue is serious and cannot be resolved through informal channels, you may need to file a formal complaint. This could mean filing a complaint with your agency’s human resources department. Be prepared to provide specific details and documentation to support your complaint.
  • What should I wear to work?

    As you start your new job, you may be wondering what to wear to work. Follow these guidelines:

    • Work attire varies depending on the specific agency, department and position, so it is always a good idea to check with your supervisor if you are unsure about what is appropriate. When in doubt, opt for business or business-casual attire. Check out “What Is Business Casual Attire?” by Indeed.
    • If your “office” is a state park, a research lab or another non-office site, you may need to wear specialized gear or a uniform to stay safe and perform your duties. If this is the case, you can expect to hear more information from your supervisor.
  • What hours should I expect to work?
    • Governor's Public Service Summer Interns are expected to work with their supervisor to develop their working schedule. It is typical to expect to work between 25-37.5 hours in a week, depending on if there are other personal obligations.
    • Governor's Public Service Summer Interns are expected to work with their supervisor to identify the start and end dates of their internships. Traditionally, internships run from mid-May through early August, or roughly 13 weeks. All Governor’s Public Service Summer Internships will end by August 31, but there may be an opportunity to move into a different role with your agency. Talk with your supervisor if you would be interested in taking on a new role.
  • Do interns get paid time off, sick time and holidays off?
    • Governor's Public Service Summer Interns do not accrue paid time off or sick time. If you need the day off for any reason, you are expected to work with your supervisor to coordinate absences as needed.
    • Governor's Public Service Summer Interns will not work on state holidays and are only paid for the hours they log. Therefore, a holiday is not considered a paid day off, but simply a day off. Interns can also work with their supervisor to flex their schedule to account for having a day off.

Upcoming Intern Events - Summer 2024

Visit with State Comptroller Elise Nieshalla

Tuesday, June 4, 1:15 - 2 p.m., Statehouse South Atrium

Visit with Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

Tuesday, June 11, 9 a.m., IGCS Auditorium

Agency Leadership Panel

Wednesday, July 10, IGCS Room 22, Panel 1: 1 - 2 p.m., Panel 2: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Professional Development Workshop

Wednesday, July 24, 10 a.m. - noon, IGCS Room B

Visit with Governor Eric J. Holcomb

Tuesday, June 18, 10 - 11 a.m., IGCS Auditorium

Volunteer at Gleaners Food Bank

Date and time TBD