Through the Indiana Leadership Program (ILP), you can intern with a public or nonprofit organization while participating in service and professional development activities.
Indiana Leadership Program
ILP is offered during the academic year (fall and spring) and summer terms.
If you participate in ILP during the fall and spring, you’ll intern part-time with a local Bloomington organization while continuing to take a regular academic course load. You’ll also participate in professional development workshops.
Summer Fellows have a more intensive experience, interning over a 10-week period with one of SPEA’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 SPEA Bloomington 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 SPEA 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
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 provides a career-building and substantive work experience with the opportunity to volunteer in the local community, build a professional network, and participate in professional development workshops. Internships with ILP satisfy SPEA internship requirement for graduation (V381 or H466) once approved by the Career Hub and your academic advisor.
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.
- How to apply
We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2019 Fellowship and the 2019-2020 Academic Year Internship. The final application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit SPEA 260, 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 a SPEA student, have the Career Hub review your cover letter and resume before you submit them.
- Selection process
The Indiana Leadership Program class is selected based on academic record, student conduct record, the online application including cover letter and resume, and an interview with the selection committee.
Applications now open
Applications for the Indiana Leadership Program Summer 2019 Fellowship or 2019-2020 Academic Year Internship are now open.
If you have any questions, see details, below, or contact the SPEA Undergraduate Programs Office.