Internship FAQ’s

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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!

  • Attend a weekly intern program meeting that includes professional training, career support modules, and presentations by global business & civic leaders
  • Tap into a supervisor, mentor, and team committed to your growth and success
  • Expand your international perspective and gain new, unique experiences, including meeting international visitors, participating in a naturalization ceremony or attending internationally-focused events
  • Engage in unique local and international networking opportunities
  • Develop a career plan with support in resume building & professional recommendations
  • Gain professional skills for the global economy
  • Earn school credit
  • Enjoy a flexible schedule

The International Center is an award-winning not-for-profit organization.

  • 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

There are several intern responsibilities that can vary from role to role and season to season. The principal responsibilities include:

  • Develop/document goals with your supervisor
  • Attend weekly intern meetings featuring special guest speakers & customized career programming
  • Provide research support for special projects and ongoing programs
  • Assist The Center with fundraising and special events
  • Serve as an organizational ambassador in recruiting future interns and volunteers

Outside of the specific intern roles, The International Center provides a Weekly Intern Program that covers topics like international protocol, board governance, community outreach, non-profit fundraising, interviewing and mentoring, social media, and intro to business operations, plus a variety of unique opportunities such as:

  • Represent The Center at naturalization ceremonies and other city-wide events
  • 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, a committee or the board
  • Attend a staff outing in the community
  • Be a guest at galas, luncheons or receptions when available!

Absolutely! We understand that you are a student and have other activities in which you are involved. The International Center allows you the flexibility to work around your school’s internship requirements and create a schedule that works for you.

Yes! In fact, we encourage it! Just let us know which areas are of interest in your cover letter.

  1. Accounting, Finance & Operations
  2. Community Outreach & Engagement
  3. Data Analyst & Database Management
  4. Event Planning & Philanthropy
  5. International Client Services
  6. International Research & Diplomacy
  7. International Research & Programming
  8. Marketing & Communications
  9. Non-Profit Administration
  10. Operations & Organizational Project Management

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 Center cannot aid in obtaining work visas. The Center also accepts internship applications from recent college graduates.

The International Center’s internships are unpaid. However, we are happy to work with your college or university to provide credit for your internship and provide a $60/month stipend for downtown parking or transportation.

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. Our preferred qualifications for successful interns are:

  • 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)

Yes. Our office dresses business professional as it is common for us to host meetings with business, government and international leaders.

We operate on an open recruiting cycle, meaning the first applications received are the first reviewed. Apply early!

Internships are available on or around these dates:

  • Spring (January-May)
    • Recommended to submit an application before October 1
  • Summer (May-August)
    • Recommended to submit an application before March 1
  • Fall (August-December)
    • Recommended to submit an application before July 1

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 current office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional remote availability during traditional work hours.

The typical intern work schedule averages 15-20 hours per week for fall and spring terms and 20-30 hours per week during the summer, typically 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

To apply for an internship at The International Center, please send your resume and cover letter to internships@internationalcenter.org. Please be sure to include your preferred internship program date range and top 3-4 roles of interest in your cover letter.

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

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