Public Service Internships


The Intern Experience

The intern experience helps introduce students to the opportunities and experiences available through business, industry and local governments in Tennessee, and introduces employers to outstanding students interested in critical careers. Many programs often require an internship experience, and the IPS Internship Program has helped students move forward with successful careers.

Interns through IPS are not limited to students at the University of Tennessee and typically are selected from colleges and universities to work in operations, research and policy support with a focus on projects. IPS provides consulting, training and research for industry, law enforcement, government leadership and local governments across the state.

Internships are available with IPS in three different areas of interest, including local government, industrial development and language services. Each area has specific requirements, opportunities and expectations for successful student interns.

We are always looking for exceptional students, and encourage women and persons of color to apply.

Public Service Internships

This program is open to seniors and graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines, with a demonstrated interest in local government. Interns are placed primarily through the two IPS agencies that directly serve local governments in Tennessee – the County Technical Assistance Service and the Municipal Technical Advisory Service.  The focus of this program is to introduce dedicated students to local governments in Tennessee, and we emphasize competitive placement through interviews and structured learning objectives.

Students are accepted from different cities and campuses and are assigned to offices near their home or campus for special projects and research. Internships are flexible but generally scheduled around a 20-hour workweek, with a stipend of $14 per hour, paid bi-weekly.  Internships with a 40-hour workweek are often available during the summer semester. The only benefits are a great experience.

Click HERE to view the latest IPS Public Service Internship Program announcement, and HERE to view the IPS Public Service Internship Program Guidelines.

Tennessee Language Center Internships

The UT Tennessee Language Center serves Tennessee by coordinating and providing foreign language skills needed by state government and businesses. The center conducts research and disseminates information into the most effective methods of foreign language instruction, and improves the language skills and teaching methods of foreign language instructors at all levels in the state’s schools, colleges and universities.

Manufacturing and Economic Development Internships

The IPS Center for Industrial Services provides consulting and training services for firms and communities throughout Tennessee, and occasionally offers internships for well-qualified students. CIS services include economic development, manufacturing excellence, health and safety, growth and innovation, energy and environmental management, and government procurement, and both undergraduate and graduate students interested in manufacturing processes and economic development are welcome to apply.

Click HERE to view the IPS Manufacturing Internship Program announcement, and click HERE to view the IPS Economic Development Internship Program announcement.