Internship Opportunities

UofL Sustainability Internships

The following positions are available, so apply today for the position you are most interested in: Sustainability Communications Intern, Garden Intern, Bike Mechanic Intern, HSC Green Team Intern, and Zero Waste Intern. All interns will be paid $11/hour (no benefits) for a maximum of 10 hours/week throughout the fall and spring semesters. Some positions may be extended into the summer or renewed in the following academic year. Each position is described online. Students should apply for the one position they are most interested in by sending via email a cover letter and resume that demonstrate their interest and qualifications for the particular position. Internships typically begin in the fall for a full academic year. At least a one-year commitment is strongly preferred.

For more information on each of these opportunities, click here.
Apply by April 1, 2020


Greater Louisville Inc. Government Affairs and Public Policy Summer Internship

Starting on May 11, 2020 and ending August 11, 2020, this internship involves support for Greater Louisville Inc.'s Government Affairs & Public Policy team. During your time with GLI, you will learn about the daily operations of a professional government affairs team and develop an in-depth understanding of public policy issues and the legislative process. This position is part-time and will include a stipend to be paid upon the successful completion of the internship.

For more information on this position and to apply, please click here.


The Fund for American Studies Summer 2020 TFAS D.C. Academic Internship

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) hosts Washington, DC-based Academic Internship Programs for undergraduate students each summer, fall and spring. TFAS programs include academic credit from George Mason University, an internship placement and furnished housing in the heart of Washington, D.C. Students participate in a variety of exclusive guest lectures, site briefings as well as professional development and networking events. TFAS students leave Washington with 250+ hours of professional experience, an expanded network of contacts, and a greater understanding of the variety of career opportunities. Scholarship funding is available to students based on financial need and merit. 

For more information about this program, click here.


Summer Research Internship at Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in DC

The Justice Policy Center conducts research and evaluations to improve justice policy and practice at the national, state, and local levels.  We conduct rigorous evaluations and in-depth data analyses—and we give context to the data through interviews with individuals involved in the justice system at all levels. We also produce reports and provide technical assistance that translate complex research into actionable strategies to enhance the safety and well-being of individuals and communities. The Justice Policy Center is seeking a research intern who can work collaboratively on projects aimed to enhance and measure criminal justice response in the United States.

Intern program dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
Click here to learn more and to apply!


Documentary Administrative Assistant Intern

Seeking a sharp, organized and dedicated college student who is currently enrolled at the University of Louisville. The person in this position will work to develop and produce a documentary centered around the human trafficking crisis in our country. The selected intern candidate will be expected to be immersed in all things documentary related. Tasks assigned will be supported as requested. The selected candidate will be given opportunities to excel in administrative, collaborative and organizational aspects including but not limited to additional growth of scope in Political Science. Position is unpaid and approx 10hrs/week. Minimum commitment of 4 months, beginning in 2020.The ideal candidate has knowledge of basic computer/software skills, Microsoft Office, punctual and communicates efficiently. Contains knowledge of social media (Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter, etc), ability to work via conference call, collaborative environments, and potentially out in the field. Complete daily activities as assigned by mentor. Be expected to perform and create the following responsibilities: general administrative, group calendar invites, meeting agendas, and potential management of social media.  

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you would be the best fit for this internship, to bear.ashley4@gmail.com


Small Business Internship at Liz and Roo

We are in search of an intern. We’re flexible on hours, but the intern position will be 15-20 hours a week.This intern will have the opportunity to jump into all aspects of running a small business, including social media research and content development, inventory, customer service, packaging and more. Intern must know Word, Excel, and be proficient in his/her own social media accounts. An interest and talent in writing is also desired as we have a blog!

For more information, click here.
To apply, please call (502) 561-2422


Kentucky Derby Festival Internship

We’re looking for community-minded college students to support the Kentucky Derby Festival’s mission to bring this month-long celebration to our city. With the help of a dedicated team of interns, we’ll organize and promote more than 70 events with nearly 4,000  volunteers, culminating in 1.5 million attendees and generating more than $127.9 million annually for the local economy. Interns must be currently enrolled at a college or university, or a recent graduate and be available 15-20 hours per week, as well as additional availability on some nights & weekends during event season in the Spring. This is an unpaid position, but we do offer credit for school and exposure to leaders of some of the top businesses here in town.

For more information and to apply, click here.


Top Shelf Lobby Internship

This is a competitive internship, which may offer a stipend based on experience and time put it. Applicants should be gifted communicators. Top Shelf Internships offer hands-on experience in the Kentucky General Assembly, and provide real world experience in the world of Lobbying and Public Affairs. Tasks will include attending and taking notes at committee meetings, miscellaneous research, bill monitoring, scheduling and attending meetings with policymakers, and others. This will be a budget session, so you can expect to work on budget-related items as well. We will work with your University schedule but you must be able to commute to Frankfort, KY. Top Shelf Lobby is recognized in Kentucky as the Top Lobbying firm by the Southern Political Report.

For more information about this organization visit the website at: http://topshelflobby.com/ 
Please send a letter of interest and resume to: 


Environmental Internship Program

The Earth & Spirit Center Environmental Internship Program is an opportunity for college students to develop the skills and knowledge needed to better care for the earth. This internship program provides you with practical, hands-on environmental project opportunities on our 27-acre campus of woods, fields, gardens, and waterways.Interns will have the opportunity to develop oral, written, and digital communication skills, including social media, and fundraising.  The program includes regular mentoring and supervision by qualified environmental experts. We offer these internships in the spring, summer and fall of each year. 

For more information and to apply, click here.


Kentucky Environmental Public Health Tracking Internship

The environment is our air and water, as well as the all of our natural and built surroundings. Environmental causes of diseases are often hard to identify. At EnviroHealthLink, we try to better understand environmental causes of disease by tracking environmental factors and health outcomes. Tracking is type of health surveillance that includes how we collect, interpret, and report data about hazards in the environment, populations that may have been exposed to these hazards, and health problems that may be related to these exposures.

Visit their website at: https://kyibis.mc.uky.edu/ehl/about/EnviroHealthLink.html
For more information on the internship please contact Rhiannon Simon at


The Council of State Governments Internships

The Council of State Governments (www.csg.org) is the nation’s only nonpartisan and nonprofit membership organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG works with legislators to share best practices in policy and programming across all 50 states, as well as the territories. They are currently looking for fellows, both graduate and undergraduate, to work with us over the summer and the school year. Fellows would conduct research on a variety of policy areas including workforce development, health, disability policy, education, and a number of other topic areas. They may also have the opportunity to work with state policy makers from all over the United States. Fellowships are paid and open to all. We are looking for driven, engaged, and dedicated students interested in political science, policy, economics, and any other areas relevant to our work.

For more information please click here.


Waterfront Botanical Gardens Internships

Limited paid and unpaid opportunities (for college credit only) exist during the year, typically on a semester to semester basis, and include opportunities in: marketing, horticulture, curation, education, and general business administration. College students interested in internships with Waterfront Botanical Gardens should email a letter-of-interest and a current resumé to info@waterfrontgardens.org


Americana Community Center Marketing and Development Internship

Americana’s Director of Development is seeking a Marketing and Development (Fundraising) Intern this winter/spring to support the organization in discovering and contacting new potential donors and sponsors, developing existing relationships, grant-writing, assisting in coordinating fundraising events, marketing outreach, and social media. Duties: Assist the Director of Development with the coordination and planning of any fundraising events. Help with Social Media and other Marketing efforts. Assist and manage an online database of donors, sponsors, and potential donors/sponsors. Assist and develop innovative ways to effectively engage existing donors and the community. Other duties as assigned. Requirements: Current college student or recent graduate preferred. Interest in Nonprofit, fundraising, social media, grant writing, business development, and marketing. Excellent communication and writing skills. Experience with Excel and/or Google Docs. This is an unpaid internship and will require approximately 10-15 hours per week. The ideal candidate can commit to at least 3 months, and be available for weekly or bi-weekly check-ins with Director.

To apply please visit: http://americanacc.org/volunteer/


Kentucky Department of Agriculture Summer Internship

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture summer internship program strives to provide opportunities for students to gain first-hand experience, knowledge, and understanding of the governmental process through pre-professional work in various occupational fields. KDA offers students studying majors both directly and indirectly relating to agriculture. Desired career paths include many different areas but are not limited to Agriculture, Education, Computer Science, Marketing, Public Relations, and Pre-Law. Our internships offer an opportunity for individuals seeking a challenging and rewarding experience. Some travel may be expected during the internship and the hours worked will be dependent on the immediate supervisor and internship coordinators. 

Interested applicants can find information about the Summer Internship here.
Please contact Mark White, at mark.white@ky.gov or at (502) 782-0291.


Hannah KLS Reports Internship

Hannah News is the leading legislative tracking and reporting service in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio & Illinois. The company provides real-time information and reporting tools to legislative professionals following the Kentucky Legislature. Our clients include Kentucky's largest lobbying firms, associations, universities and government entities. The successful applicant will earn an hourly wage of $10.00-$12.00 based on experience.

For more information please visit www.hannahnews.com you can also view the following attachment
Apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to: eschrage@hannah-ky.com


Running Start Congressional Fellowship

Each spring and fall, eight Running Start Congressional Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process. Running Start is nonpartisan and looks for applicants from across the political spectrum for this program. Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high level political mentors. Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a $2,500 living stipend for the semester. Since 2009, Running Start has been proud to place Fellows in the offices 70 women in Congress.

For more information go to their website at: https://runningstart.org/college-programs/


Vote Smart Internship

The Vote Smart Internship Program in Des Moines, Iowa provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students come to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. By providing this information in an easy and accessible manner, Vote Smart believes that citizens can better defend themselves from the political hype and misrepresentation characteristic of present day political campaigns.This is an especially great opportunity for recent graduates (internships are available all-year round) as well as current students looking for a full-summer opportunity. 

Visit the website for more information at: https://votesmart.org/internships/
For more information and to apply, contact Dr. Jasmine Farrier at (502) 852-3310 or email at: j.farrier@louisville.edu .


The National Council on U.S. - Arab Relations D.C. Summer Internship

It offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

Visit the website for more information at: https://ncusar.org/internship


The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition Internship

The Kentucky Home Birth Coalition, an organization working on policy, legislation, and lobbying in the state, is looking for a political science student to intern with them. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in grassroots organizing and experience many aspects of the Kentucky legislative process. Responsibilities can be tailored to fit the goals an interests of the intern.

For more information about the position, please view the following attachment. Visit the website at: http://kentuckyhomebirthcoalition.com/.
Contact Mary Kathryn DeLodder at: 
mkdelodder@gmail.com for more information.


Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services Internship

The Louisville Metro Department of Planning and Design Services (PDS) is responsible for administering the policies, programs and regulations that guide the city’s development. We are looking for a dedicated student to help us with the benchmarking research necessary to create a national Open Data standard for planning permit data. The student would be able to lead the research and get support from professionals in Louisville Metro Government as needed. There will also be opportunities to present this work locally and, potentially, nationally.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact Joe Reverman at (502) 574-6246 or email at: joe.reverman@louisvilleky.gov


Fund for the Arts Internship

Fund for the arts is a regional nonprofit committed to building a vibrant community through the power of the arts. They supports a range of arts organizations and drives accessibility across neighborhoods, schools, community centers, and public spaces.The Fund for the Arts is looking for several interns: an events and volunteer management intern, an impact intern, a workplace campaign intern, and a communication intern.

Please view their website for more information about each internship at: https://fundforthearts.org/engage/interns/
Anyone interested in the positions please forward your resume and a letter of interest to Morgan Eklund at: 


New Directions Housing Corporation Internship

The mission of New Directions Housing Corporation is to develop and maintain affordable housing and help to create vital communities in partnership with neighborhoods and other stakeholders. All internships are unpaid. However, depending on the internship position, interns will gain experience with local, state, federal, private and foundation grants, compliance, program requirements, funding application procedures, the strategic planning process, data collection, neighborhood marketing and more—while contributing to on-going projects with visible community-level outcomes.

Please send interested resumes and cover letters to: Kitty McKune at:  (502) 719-7106