Work in the field while you are in school

Real-world learning is central to our curriculum. That’s why our undergraduate and master’s degree programs require students to complete an internship.

Internship experience gives you the chance to explore the field, learn important skills and find out more about where your interests and strengths lie. You’ll learn about the day-to-day operations of philanthropic organizations and gain hands-on experience in areas such as fundraising, grant writing, and program management. 

Internships are part of the curriculum for online and in-person students. 

Make local connections

In addition to being a great learning experience, our internship program offers you the opportunity to form connections with local nonprofit leaders.

When you look for a job post-graduation, you’ll be off to a great start!

Picture yourself working at an organization like:

  • Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
  • Riley Children’s Foundation
  • Eiteljorg Museum
  • American Red Cross
  • The United Way


  • Wellpoint
  • Lumina Foundation
  • The Indianapolis Zoo
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art

International opportunities

Want a global perspective? Students in our undergraduate and master’s programs can also fulfill their internship requirements with an internship abroad. 

Learn about international internships

How it works

You are expected to work on-site at an approved nonprofit organization. If that sounds intimidating—don’t worry! You’ll have plenty of help and guidance along the way. Learn about the support you’ll get from us in your internship search, what’s expected of you in order to earn course credit, what the organization you are working for needs to agree to, and more.

Our internship requirements


Campus-wide resources