Internship & Career Services

Indy Summer Experience

Indy Summer Experience

Does your summer at home consist of lying around the house in your pajamas? Do you find yourself counting down the days until you can finally move back to campus and be reunited with your friends? If so, why not stay in Indy and participate in the Indy Summer Experience?

Indy Summer Experience (ISE), which is coordinated by Internship and Career Services (ICS), is a program that gives students the chance to both work and play in the great city of Indianapolis. Students secure and complete an internship (or similar professional experience) with a local organization in the day, and in the evenings, the program offers social and cultural events for entertainment. This is a great opportunity to make Indy connections with employers, have fun around town, and spend the summer with your friends! And this year, housing is no longer a requirement. 

Want to see ISE in action? Check out this page for a sample of photos and tweets from #ISE14. 

The 2015 Indy Summer Experience application is now available and posted below.

Learning Outcomes ~ Show detail

What can you expect to learn? What are the benefits of Indy Summer Experience? Below are the program's learning outcomes:

  • Participant will gain experience in their field of interest by performing an internship or similar professional experience in the Indianapolis area.
  • Participant will gain a greater understanding of the cultural, diverse, and social offerings of the Indianapolis area.
  • Participant will meet Butler University alumni and local professionals by attending structured events.

Events ~ Show detail

Past events have included an outing to Santorini's Greek Kitchen, a tour of the Hilbert Circle Theater, dinner at Harry & Izzy's, an Indianapolis Indians baseball game, a cooking class at Chef JJ's Back Yard, a tour of Roche Diagnostics, and a downtown dinner at The Rathskellar. Sounds infinitely better than sitting on the couch, right? And the upcoming events for 2015 will be just as exciting!

Attendance at the Indy Summer Experience events is required for all participants. These events, which include meals, take place on various Wednesday evenings and are completely free to students.

Eligibility ~ Show detail

The 2015 Indy Summer Experience is open to all Butler University students and majors that are not graduating on or before Saturday, May 9. It is a competitive program and limited to 20 participants. You are encouraged to submit your application materials early, even before you secure your internship or professional experience.

Participant Requirements ~ Show detail

Participants in the 2015 Indy Summer Experience, which takes place from Monday, May 11 to Friday, July 31, must complete the following requirements: 

Professional Experience

  • Secure and provide proof of an internship or similar professional experience.* Complete a 20 hour per week minimum with any combination of the following professional experiences: paid or unpaid internship, student teaching position, Pharmacy or PA rotation, faculty-guided research project, or set volunteer schedule.


  • Attend each of the six events on select Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.**
  • Attend each of the two service projects on select Saturday mornings and/or afternoons.**
  • Provide own transportation to and from events and service projects.

Internship and Career Services Appointment

  • Schedule and complete one professional development appointment with an Internship and Career Services Career Advisor that may include a personal assessment, cover letter or resume critique, mock interview or other career advising topic.


  • Give a brief presentation highlighting summer internship and program experience at the final event.

*Participant will receive a Professional Experience Confirmation form that is due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4.

**If needed and with advance notice, participant is allowed to miss up to two of the eight total events and service projects.


Living in on-campus housing is not a requirement for Indy Summer Experience participants. Participants in need of on-campus housing are encouraged to contact Residence Life in Atherton Union 303 for availability, options, and rates.

Application Process ~ Show detail

The 2015 Indy Summer Experience application includes the following four bolded items:

1. Formstack Application

2. Employer, Faculty, or Staff Recommendation Form

  • Past or present employer, Butler University faculty member, or staff member must submit the form directly to Jennifer McConnell via email at or fax at 317.940.6443.

3. Personal Statement

  • Explain why you are interested in participating in the 2015 Indy Summer Experience in 500 to 750 words. Please submit your document directly to Jennifer McConnell via email at or deliver to Atherton Union 315.

4. Resume

  • Please submit your document directly to Jennifer McConnell via email at or deliver to Atherton Union 315.

All four application items are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10 and applicant notifications will take place on Monday, April 20.

Information Sessions ~ Show detail

If you have questions or just want to learn a little more about ISE, please join us at an upcoming information session. Drinks and sweet treats will be provided.

Join us from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Atherton Union 326 on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 4
  • Thursday, April 2

In addition to the information sessions listed above, there will be an information table set up from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. outside of Atherton Union by the Starbucks entrance on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, December 9
  • Wednesday, February 18


Contact Jennifer McConnell, Indy Summer Experience Coordinator, at for additional information.