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 our Twitter page for picture from Summer 2014's events. 

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 Harry & Izzy's, an Indianapolis Indians baseball game, a cooking class at Chef JJ's Backyard, 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 2014 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 and Friday evenings and are completely free to students.

Eligibility ~ Show detail

The 2014 Indy Summer Experience is open to all Butler University students that are not graduating on or before, Saturday, May 10. It is a competitive program and limited to 20 participants.

Participant Requirements ~ Show detail

Participants in the 2014 Indy Summer Experience, which takes place from Monday, May 12 to Friday, August 1, 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 event on six select Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Attend each Out and About in Indy events and venues on four select Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer.
  • If needed, participants are allowed to miss up to two of the 10 total events with advance notice. 
  • Participants must provide their own transportation to and from events.

Internship and Career Services Appointment

  • Participants must set up one professional development appointment with an Internship and Career Services Career Advisor that may include a personal assessment, cover letter or resume critique, or mock interview.


  • Participants will give a brief presentation highlighting their summer experience and/or internship at the final event.

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

Living in on-campus housing is no longer a requirement for Indy Summer Experience participants. Participants in need of on-campus housing are encouraged to contact Residence Life for availability, options, and rates.

Application Process ~ Show detail

It is time to apply now that you are excited and ready to spend your summer in Indy! All application materials and requirements, which are listed below, must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15.

The 2014 Indy Summer Experience is open to all Butler University students that are not graduating on or before Saturday, May 10. 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.


Employer Recommendation Form

Faculty or Staff Recommendation Form

Personal Statement

  • Explain why you are interested in participating in the 2014 Indy Summer Experience in 400 to 600 words
  • Applicant must submit document directly to


Applicant notifications will take place on Friday, April 25.

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:

  • Tuesday, January 28
  • Wednesday, February 26

A final information session will be offered from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. in Atherton Union 326 on the following date:

  • Wednesday, March 26


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