IU Leadership Program for 2023 Summer Interns

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm EST
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Join us to learn about a new resource for finding high-achieving summer interns.

Through its new Indiana Leadership Program, the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) can connect you with summer interns to support your work.

This informational call will focus on how Indiana community foundations can apply for the program, while funding student salaries through the Community Foundation Internship (CFI) grant

About the Program

The O’Neill School’s Indiana Leadership Program (ILP) connects O’Neill students to internships across the state of Indiana. These interns work in capacity building projects for their host site while advancing their own skills, growing networks, and learning to lead outside of the classroom. ILP is an excellent opportunity for students with limited professional experience who are seeking an opportunity to support a local nonprofit or public organization. See below for further details regarding the structure, requirements, and timeline.

How to Participate

  1. Send the position description form to Megan Starnes at merflynn@indiana.edu by the Feb. 27 deadline.
  2. I.U. will match interested and approved interns with your community foundation internship.
  3. You will still need to submit your Community Foundation Internship (CFI) grant application in order to get reimbursed for the intern’s salary through the CFI program. The new CFI application is simple and streamlined.  

Program Structure

  • ILP interns are placed in a public or nonprofit organization during the summer months (typically June-Aug) 
  • Interns work approximately 20- 30 hours per week throughout the duration of the internship. Note: students must complete a minimum of 120 hours. 
  • The goal of the internship is for students to have a better sense of what it takes to run a public or nonprofit organization
  • Interns receive professional development training from the O’Neill School during their service.  

Partner Requirements

  • Partner organizations must designate an immediate supervisor that will provide ongoing support and mentoring to the intern(s)
  • Partner must complete the attached job description template
  • Partner will be responsible for interviewing candidate(s) 
  • Partner must provide a stipend of at least $3,000. Partner is responsible for initiating and managing the payroll process. 


  • February 27: Review the shared materials and indicate intent to become a partner by submitting the completed job description template to Megan Starnes (merflynn@indiana.edu
  • March 10: Student application deadline (They will apply directly to O’Neill.)
  • March 13-31: O’Neill School will review student applications and forward materials to your organizations. 
  • April 3-14: Applicant interviews 
  • April 28: Interns finalized
  • June 5 – August 11: Internship period 

Note: The start and end dates are flexible. Interns can start before June 5th and end after August 11th so long as that is clearly communicated during the interview process with the candidate.

Additional Questions?

Further questions can be sent to Megan Starnes, director of student leadership programs, at merflynn@indiana.edu.

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