Where Indiana Intersects With The World... Our International Center Intern Mentors will help 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.
The International Center values diversity and inclusion in all endeavors.
Indiana embraces a global economy, values all cultures, and is a vibrant place to live and work.
The International Center is a catalyst to inform, convene and connect public, private and civic global objectives in Indiana.
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Internship Program FAQ
Are internships paid or unpaid?
The International Center’s internships are unpaid. We will work with you and your school to provide school credit for your internship. 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/LFSP – application process and up to $3,500
• IUPUI/SoIC – application process for $400
• IU/HLS – application process and up to $3,500
• Wabash College – application process and up to $3,500
• DePauw University – application process and up to $3,500
In addition, The International Center provides a monthly $60 parking stipend.
What are the benefits of interning with The International Center?
As an intern at The International Center, you can expect staff members to be invested in you and to treat you as they would their peers. The benefits of working for The International Center are unique and varied! You can expect to experience:
• professional working environment
• friendly, supportive, and diverse organizational culture
• supervisor, mentor, and team committed to your growth and success
• intern plan to support your resume building plus professional recommendations
• professional skills for a global economy
• local, national, and international networking opportunities
• international perspective
• flexible office/remote schedule
• school credit, as appropriate for your coursework
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 INTERN.net Employer Of The Year
• 2020: BGRS Platinum Service Award
• 2019: City of Indianapolis Workforce Diversity Award
What do Interns post 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.”
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
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. Event Planning & Non-Profit
2. International Research & Programming
3. Marketing & Communications
4. Accounting, Finance & Operations
5. International Research & Diplomacy
6. Operations & Organizational Project Management
7. Non-Profit Management
8. Community Outreach & Engagement
9. Data Analyst & Database Management
10. International Relocations
11. International Business Development, Research Analysis, & Consulting
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 provide a Weekly Intern 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 a Citizen of the Year Awards Gala, Indiana Economic Development speaker luncheon, or Mandela Fellows reception to name a few!
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 supervisor
• Attend weekly intern meetings featuring special guest speakers & customized career programming
• Represent The International Center at naturalization ceremonies and other city-wide events
• Support The International Center’s virtual programming and 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?
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent writing skills
• Strong research aptitude and/or skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Willing to be versatile and flexible, with a self-starter work ethic
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively with staff members, volunteers, and external stakeholders
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
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.
We have established a hybrid work model that incorporates both in-office (mask, social distancing, work area partitions, hand and office sanitizer, scheduling as appropriate) 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, please upload your credentials at https://internationalcenter.org/employment/intern-application or email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, etc.)
On behalf of The International center team, we look forward to hearing from you soon!
The International Center values diversity & inclusion in all endeavors.