ILP is offered during the academic year (fall and spring) and summer terms.
If you participate in the ILP academic year program, you'll intern from September through April for an average of 10 hours per week. The academic year program allows students to intern part-time with a local organization while continuing to take a regular academic course load and participate in professional development and service opportunities.
Summer Fellows have a more intensive experience, interning for 20-30 hours a week over a 10-week period with one of the O'Neill School's partner organizations throughout south central Indiana. You'll start with an orientation program and complete additional professional development training during your service.
All IU Bloomington O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs students are eligible to apply for ILP. To be eligible to participate in the program, you must:
- Be a full-time student at IU Bloomington
- Be an admitted O’Neill School undergraduate student
- Have at least two semesters remaining before graduation
- Be in good academic standing (This differs depending upon your major—check with your academic advisor if you have any questions regarding this requirement)
- Have documented registration for, or completion of, V252 or H267, Career Development and Planning. BAESS and BSES students are exempt from this requirement.
Are you interested in helping families affected by homelessness, promoting environmental sustainability in the community, or improving educational opportunities for local school children? Through your ILP internship, you can get an inside look at what it takes to run a public or nonprofit organization focused on an issue you care about.
We partner with dozens of organizations in Bloomington and throughout the state, including:
- Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington
- Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
- City of Bedford
- City of Bloomington
- Girls Inc. of Monroe County
- Hoosier Hills Food Bank
- Indiana Small Business Development Center
- IU Health Bloomington: HIV/AIDS Positive Link
- IU Research & Teaching Preserve/Integrated Program in the Environment
ILP is an opportunity for career exploration and for students to gain professional experience and skills while supporting a local public or nonprofit organization. Students will:
- Gain career-building & substantive work experience with the opportunity to volunteer in the community.
- Build a professional network.
- Participate in professional development workshops.
- Satisfy the O'Neill internship requirement for graduation, once approved by the Career Hub and your advisor. Important Note: If you use the ILP program to satisfy your internship credit, you are expected to continue with your internship through the end of the program date, even after you have completed the required 120 hours for internship credit.
All ILP participants will receive a scholarship to support their internship. Students participating during the academic year receive $500 per semester and students participating during the summer receive up to $2,500.
Please note: the receipt of a scholarship may result in the reduction or repayment of need-based financial assistance previously awarded to the student by Indiana University.
In accordance with federal regulations, the Office of Student Financial Assistance is required to monitor whether a student's total financial assistance remains within their financial need-based eligibility. Similar practices are followed with some institutional need-based grants, Whenever possible, self-help awards (loans and Federal Work-Study) are reduced before federal or institutional gift-aid.
Apply by March 15 to participate in the Indiana Leadership Program during the summer or by May 1 to participate during the academic year. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Here is the information you’ll need for the online application:
- A cover letter that answers why you are interested in ILP, your personal and professional goals, and how ILP will help you lead for the greater good.
- A professional copy of your resume — we strongly advise that you seek assistance from your career services office. If you are an O’Neill student, have the Career Hub review your cover letter and resume before you submit them.
- If you would like to apply for more than one program, please submit an application for each program. You may use the same resume and cover letter for both applications.
- Acceptance in the summer program goes out in early April and acceptance in the academic year goes out in late April.
- Summer participants will be matched with an organization by the end of the school year and academic year participants will be matched with an internship the following fall semester.