The International Center

About The International Center

Where Indiana Intersects With The World
Our International Center Team helps U. S. students achieve an international business experience and international students achieve a U. S. business experience, right here in Indianapolis!

For 50 years, The International Center has served Indiana as a catalyst for international growth and as a guide to the world’s cultural landscape. Our Board of Directors and our diverse and experienced staff are dedicated to growing our state as a key player in the global marketplace and serving as a window to the world.

Our Vision
Indiana embraces a global economy, values all cultures, and is a vibrant place to live and work.

Our Mission
The International Center is a catalyst to inform, convene and connect public, private and civic global objectives in Indiana.

Our Values
Diversity. Passion. Excellence. Integrity. Growth.

The International Center values diversity and inclusion in all endeavors.

Internship Program FAQ

What are the benefits of interning with The International Center?
As an intern at The International Center, you can expect our Team to be invested in you and to treat you as peers. The benefits of working for The International Center are unique and varied! You can expect to experience:
• Mentor devoted to your success, plus weekly professional development programming
• Local, national, and international networking opportunities
• Collaborative, respectful, fun work culture
• Intern plan to support your resume building, plus professional recommendations
• Professional skills for a global economy
• International perspective
• Flexible office/remote schedule

Are internships paid or unpaid?
• Internships may be paid up to $15/hour, 15-20 hours per week
• $80 monthly parking stipend
• We offer OPT/CPT, class credit, school stipend/scholarship application support

Your school may also provide a stipend for successful completion of your internship. Check with your Career Services for further details and application specifics.
• IUPUI: Lilly School of Philanthropy – application process, for up to $3,500
• IUPUI: Luddy School of Informatics and Computing – application process, for $400
• IU: Hamilton Lugar School – application process, for up to $3,500
• IU: Hutton Honors College – application process, for up to $1,500 or up to $3,000
• IU: O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affair – application process, for up to $1,200
• Marian: - application process, for Career Development Fund/Experiential Learning
• Wabash: - application process, for up to $3,500
• DePauw: - application process, for up to $3,500

How do other interns, peers, and community perceive The International Center?
• 2022: Indiana Chamber Best Places To Work in Indiana
• 2022: Work+Learn Indiana Intern Supervisor Of The Year Finalist
• 2021: Indiana Employer Of The Year
• 2020: BGRS Platinum Service Award
• 2019: City of Indianapolis Workforce Diversity Award

What do Interns say about their internship experience?
“To the most memorable and joyous intern experience ever, thank you to The International Center for an opportunity of a lifetime.”

“If anyone is TRULY in search for a rewarding intern experience that is hands on with a loving group of professionals who will treat you like their own, PLEASE apply to The International Center's Internship Program... so much awaits here :)”

“Our office is filled with diversity, inclusion, and much more chocolate cake than I expected! I am honored to have been chosen for this role out of the many talented applicants who also applied for this position. I will be working on exciting projects this semester and I am thrilled to be a part of such a talented team with common goals for Indiana.”

“I found the tailoring of the internship to be the most valuable and unique thing about my experience. My supervisor got to know me and my future goals and incorporated this into the internship. No two interns have the same experience because each intern is treated as an individual and their experiences are catered to them.”

I have had such an amazing experience at The International Center being an intern. I have been treated with so much respect since the day I arrived at the office, and I feel as if I am a part of the team and am actually making an impact on the day-to-day operations of the organization. I have been so appreciative of TIC and the team in making me feel comfortable in the intern program.

Our Website

Check out The International Center’s social media for more information about the organization.
• Twitter: @INTLCTR, #IVLP
• Facebook: The International Center
• LinkedIn: The International Center of Indianapolis
• Instagram: @INTLCTR
• Blog: The International Center
• 50th Anniversary

Is there a way to continue my connection with my intern cohort and other International Center interns, beyond my internship?
Yes! Join The International Center Intern Alumni LinkedIn Group. Stay connected for job referrals, reference letters, INTLCTR support, cohort news, industry news, etc.

Is it possible to participate in extracurricular activities, classes, and/or other jobs while serving as an intern?
Absolutely! We understand you are a student and are involved in other activities. The International Center allows you the flexibility to work around your school’s internship requirements and create a schedule that works for you.

Can I select more than one area of interest to apply for?
Yes please, we encourage it! Just let us know which areas are of interest in your cover letter.

1. Accounting, Finance & Operations
2. Community Development & Philanthropy
3. Community Outreach & Engagement
4. Information Systems & CRM Management
5. International Business Development, Research Analysis & Consulting
6. International Diplomacy
7. International Programming
8. International Relocations
9. Marketing & Communications
10. Non-Profit Management
11. Operations & Organizational Project Management

Does The International Center only recruit from colleges and universities in Indianapolis?
No. students at colleges and universities from anywhere in the state, country, or world may apply. Please note that all students must arrange their own travel and accommodations for the duration of their internship, and The International Center cannot aid in obtaining work visas. The International Center also accepts internship applications from recent college graduates.

Does The International Center observe a dress code policy?
Yes. Our dress code policy is business professional as it is common for us to host meetings with business, government and international leaders.

Do I have to have a specific major in order to be considered?
No. Through the years, we have had a wide variety of students, with varying majors, intern with The Center. All students with a strong interest in gaining professional and international experience are welcome to apply.

What other activities or experiences may I participate in, outside of my role?
We also provide an Intern Development Program that covers topics like international protocol, board governance, community outreach, non-profit fundraising, interviewing and mentoring, social media, intro to business operations, etc. plus a variety of unique opportunities such as:
• attend at a U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Naturalization Ceremony
• participate in the hiring process for the next intern cohort
• host a lunch meeting for the Board Chair
• present the results of a project you completed, to staff or board committee
• staff outing in the community, such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
• attend the International Citizen of the Year Awards Gala, Indiana Economic Development speaker luncheon, or Mandela Fellows reception to name a few!

What are The Center’s expectations of a successful intern?
• Be on time, be present, be engaged
• Communicate, participate, support your team and the Mission

What are the principal responsibilities of an intern?
There are several, and can vary from role to role, season to season. The principal responsibilities include:
• Develop/document goals with your Mentor
• Attend Intern Development Programming featuring special guest speakers & customized professional programs
• Support The International Center’s international programming and local development initiatives
• Provide research support for special projects and ongoing programs
• Assist The International Center with fundraising and special events
• Serve as an organizational ambassador in recruiting future interns and volunteers

What are the preferred qualifications to be a successful intern?
• Interpersonal skills
• Written & verbal communication skills
• Research aptitude skills
• Organizational and time management skills
• Versatile and flexible, with a self-starter work ethic
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with staff members, volunteers, and external stakeholders
• Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Cultural awareness

What is the hiring timeline and projected work hours?
We operate on an open recruiting cycle, meaning first applications received, for any semester, are the first reviewed. Apply early!

We offer the following internship programs (dates are estimated ranges):
• Spring (January 7 – May 3)
recommended to have application submitted by October 1, if not earlier
• Summer (May 6 – August 16)
recommended to have application submitted by March 1, if not earlier
• Fall (August 19 – December 13)
recommended to have application submitted by July 1, if not earlier

250 minimum hours are required for the internship so that interns are available for the numerous opportunities that arise. Individual schedules may vary depending on the specific projects and other learning opportunities that may arise, as well as school commitments, family obligations and vacations.

The International Center’s traditional office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Estimated work hours average 15-20 per week for fall and spring terms around class schedules and 20-30 hours per week, generally 9:30am – 3:30pm weekdays during the summer.

In an effort to ensure the team’s good health and safety, we have established a hybrid work model that incorporates both in-office and virtual (Teams, Zoom, OneDrive) work. We have the leadership, culture, organizational structure, technology, processes, and experience to thrive in this work model.

How do I Apply?
To apply for an internship at The International Center, either submit online at or send your resume and cover letter to We also accept applications via Ascend Indiana, Handshake, LinkedIn, and Work+Learn Indiana.

In your cover letter, please be sure to include:
1. your direct contact information including phone and email
2. your preferred internship program semester
3. top 3-4 roles of interest
4. schedule availability, if known
5. any international interests or experiences (education, travel, languages, etc.)

On behalf of The International center team, we look forward to hearing from you soon!


Event Management and Planning Intern

May 2020 - July 2020 Indianapolis, IN
“I loved the people I worked with and the culture is very friendly. It felt like home from day one. They tried really hard to make it as good as a hybrid experience it could be considering the pandemic which was greatly appreciated. At the end of the internship, I didn't want to leave!”
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