President McRobbie

Bicentennial Internship Program

Connecting Students to IU’s Past, Present, and Future

Indiana University’s Office of the Bicentennial is pleased to announce a new opportunity for paid, collaborative internships. The academic year 2019-2020 has been designated Indiana University’s Bicentennial Year with the Bicentennial itself falling on January 20, 2020. The Bicentennial Year will be in the truest sense of the word, a unique occasion in the life of Indiana University. It will be a marvelous opportunity to reflect on Indiana University’s extraordinary contributions to education, learning and research for 200 years, its impact on the state, nation and the world, and to begin to envision all that it will become in its next century. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on controversies that have swirled about it, and to engage with the challenges of the future – poverty and wealth disparities, environmental challenges, energy sources, technology and education, disease and public health, and war and peace. It will also be a matchless opportunity to celebrate the Bicentennial by showcasing IU’s extraordinary intellectual resources, its world-class programs and facilities in the arts and humanities, and all it does and has done for the betterment of the people of Indiana, the state and the world. It will be an opportunity to celebrate not only within the university community on all campuses, but also with all the communities across Indiana who are so closely intertwined with these campuses, the people of the State of Indiana, and the hundreds of thousands of IU alumni and supporters around the country and globe.

The Bicentennial Internship Program aims to connect current Indiana University students, of any class standing, to engage directly with the university’s past, present, and future. We are interested in self-motivated, diligent, and responsible students to help craft the IU Bicentennial. Project topics may relate to any entity of the university (campuses, schools, programs, people, places, etc.) or its varied missions (teaching, research, art, community engagement, preservation, etc.). Other themes may also be included depending on the preferences of the department and the intern. Additional suggestions are welcome. The internships will be paid and there are two sessions: summer and the academic year.


Summer Session:

  • Interns will work 15-20 hours per week.
  • The summer program will run from May 16, 2016 to August 5, 2016 (this can be negotiated).
  • Application deadline is May 1.
  • Compensation will be $15/hr.

Academic Year:

  • Interns will work 10-15 hours per week.
  • The academic year program will run August 22, 2016 to December 16, 2016 and Jaunary 9, 2017-May 5, 2017.
  • Application deadline is August 1.
  • Compensation will be $15/hr.

Student qualifications

  • Applicants must be full-time students at Indiana University at the time they apply to the program and throughout the duration of their internship.
  • Current students graduating before the program commences are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students in all schools are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and a resume or c.v. to Sarah Jacobi, Bicentennial Administrative Assistant, In your cover letter, please indicate (in 1000 words or less total) which topic(s) you are interested in, which semester(s) you are applying for, why you are a good fit for this project, and why your work would be important for IU’s Bicentennial.