The department works hard to secure internship opportunities at local and regional offices. Below are some opportunities and resources we hope students consider. These are not formal arrangements with partner offices, so students should (1) apply for opportunities themselves using the information below and (2) follow the procedures in "Path 4" below to receive course credit for these positions.
Regularly Occuring Internships in Lexington and the Region
Kentucky State Government: The state government regularly has internship opportunities available for college undergraduates. This personale website contains current internship listings here.
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass: Interns get a wide-arrange of experience– in-depth training on government benefits (including Medicare, Medicaid, Waiver Services, SNAP benefits, etc.), are active in policy research to both remain abreast of the constantly evolving landscape of benefits as well as resources that can serve our clients, have the opportunity to directly engage clients to provide advocacy and support, and have a front-row seat to the practice of law. This flyer has information about internships. To apply contact Mr. Mason King directly: email@example.com.
The (Kentucky) Secretary of State's Office: welcomes high school juniors and seniors, college students, and graduate school students to gain experience through internships. Interns have opportunities to work with the office of elections and the land office, as well as the State Board of Elections. Interns also participate in the Office's civic outreach efforts. A Secretary of State's Office Internship is a great way to learn more about the office and contribute to the important services it provides. Hours are flexible, and opportunities are available year-round. If you would like to be an Intern in the Office, please fill out and return an application here.
Council of State Governments: The CSG is headquartered in Lexington Kentucky. They regularly host interns from the University of Kentucky. Click here for internship opportunities for undergraduate students and here for opportunities for graduate students. More information about their internship program is available here.
The Borgen Project: The Borgen Project is a non-proffit committed to fighting proverty. Lexington internships are available at The Borgen Project. The organization offers internships in Lexington, KY and positions are available in various areas including public relations, writing, editing and political science. Internships in Lexington can be done at home, but interns must tune into bi-monthly conference calls, assist with fundraising, and submit weekly assignments.
Kentucky Office of Homeland Security: KOHS is always accepting internship applications for internships. Internships are very competative so interns are encouraged to apply early. Click here for the KOHS internship page.
Kentucky Democratic Party: The KDP regularly hosts interns. Check their website for information and applications.
Kentucky Republican Party: The RPK regularly hosts interns. Check their website for information and applications.
Senator Mitch McConnell Internship: The McConnell internship program provides college students with the opportunity to enhance their education while working in a fast-paced office of a national leader. Participation in the program allows interns the ability to gain valuable inner-office experience as well as increase their knowledge of issues important to both the Commonwealth and our country. A few part-time internships are offered in the Senator's state offices, which are located in Louisville, Lexington, Fort Wright, Paducah, Bowling Green and London. Internships in the state are issued on a volunteer basis and are geared toward interns seeking to earn college credit by working in the Senator's office.
Devin Law in Lexington, Kentucky: hosts interns in the summer, spring, and fall. Interns will help prepare documents for Court, such as pleadings (motions, responses, discovery, etc.), will aid with filing, and also do errands (runs) for firm business such as delivering documents to opposing counsel’s offices or other firm business. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Carl D. Devine, Esq. at Devine Law, PLLC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Scholars Program: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement offers its Community Scholars Program to Federal Work-Study eligible students during the academic year. This nine-month commitment allows students to fully engage with a community organization, nonprofit organization or government agency in a longer-term internship experience. Students will participate in professional development sessions and receive EXP 396 academic credit. For additional information on this program, please visit the Community Scholars Program page. The application for this program is now open. For questions, please contact Amanda Royer: email@example.com.
Virtual Student Federal Service: U.S. citizen college students can make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government through the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS). VSFS harnesses the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students to move the work of their government forward on multiple fronts. Since 2009, thousands of VSFS eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government around the world – from dorm rooms to libraries and coffee shops, to wherever the students happen to be. This year, there are more government agencies than ever participating, working on issues from culture to corrections and from energy to education. Read more & apply on their website.
Human Rights Measurement Initiative Internship: The Human Rights Measurement Initiative offers remote internships to students at all levels, from all parts of the world. They particularly welcome interns from the Global South and those who have difficulty accessing internships because of their locations, or other reasons. Applications are welcome throughout the year, with start dates every quarter. HRMI is an independent, non-profit, global collaboration of academics and practitioners. They measure human rights, and track the progress of countries. You can see annual scores on their Rights Tracker. HRMI interns quickly become core members of the team, and are able to contribute their thoughts and opinions in all areas of our work, as well as doing a range of useful, important tasks that help HRMI serve the human rights community with relevant data. They are looking for highly-motivated, reliable, senior students with a demonstrated interest in international human rights. The ability to learn to work with data is important. They are able to tailor your internship to suit your skills and background. HRMI is a globally-distributed, friendly team. For more information, and to get in touch, please visit the HRMI website.
Chicago Project on Security and Threats: CPOST has multiple internship opportunities for summer internships where students can work as research assistants on our various projects.
The Borgen Project, a non-proffit social justice organization, has a number of remote opportunities. You can read about their organization and apply for internship opportunities here.
EMILY's list has a remote internship program. In order to be eligible for participation in the internship program interns must reside within the United States for the duration of the program, be available to work between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm EST, and commit to staying on board for a minimum of 10 weeks. Interns are able to participate in the program in a full-time or part-time capacity, working no less than 20 hours each week. EMILY’s List pays a stipend of up to $1,200 per month, depending on the intern’s monthly schedule. Learn more here.
Blue Future has a remote campaign internship program, consisting of part-time remote internships for students on campaigns across the country, provides a tangible and meaningful way for college students to work directly for a campaign without needing to leave their college campus.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva offers some remote opportunities.
UK's Stuckert Career Center Handshake: This is an excellent resource provided by UK to look for new internship and other career development opportunities and events.
Community Organizational Needs Database: This tool allows students to filter organizations based on sectors of interest and organizational needs. You can likely find a position here that fits your interests, passions, and skillset.
Kentucky Nonprofit Map: These Google-based maps identify hundreds of nonprofits in Lexington and across the Commwealth, including many locations in students' hometowns and counties.
LearnHowToBecome.org offerrs A Guide to Internships Finding Hands-On Experience Locally & Abroad.