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Intern-The Kansas Department of Administration

Position Summary & Responsibilities Position Summary: The Kansas Department of Labor is accepting applications for internships. The Secretary of Labor’s Internship Program is designed to provide a firsthand understanding of state government, specifically the programs administered by the Department of Labor. Participating in the internship program provides an exciting opportunity to work with Secretary of Labor, Delia Garcia, and her leadership team. The internship program is open to college students and recent graduates with an interest in gaining professional experience and learning about state government. Both paid and academic credit internships available. Academic credit for an internship is at the discretion of the college or university. The Department of Labor will assist in providing required information as requested by the college or university. Arrangements for accreditation must be made prior to the start of the internship. This position pays $12.00/hr. Any student interested in participating in the Secretary of Labor’s Internship Program must submit the State of Kansas Employment Application; resume; cover letter that addresses why you are interested in the Department of Labor; academic transcript; and college or university requirements. Please use Google Chrome to access the jobs website, if you are experiencing difficulties. Recruiter Contact Information • Name: Lacie Worcester • Email: KDOL.HumanResources@ks.gov • Phone: 785-296-5000 ext.7313 • Mailing Address: 401 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66603

Fall 2020 Intern-Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry


The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  the largest statewide business advocacy organization in the state seeks a fall intern to assist in furthering the business,  economic,  and educational mission of the Chamber to empower business and improve prosperity and quality of life for all Missourians. 


We seek a highly motivated,  hard working,  bright student from an accredited two or four year institution.


Civic and Community Initiatives 2020 Fall Internship-Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce


The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is seeking self-motivated interns to assist its Civic and Community Initiatives  team with a wide array of projects.  Interns will work on and have exposure to community initiatives and programs like Centurions and GenKC  (leadership development programs); HealthyKC (community health program);  and other KC Chamber-led focus areas such as early childhood education,  real estate,  workforce development,  and inclusive prosperity,  among others.
The internship duties will include research and reporting,  event planning and preparation,  creative problem-solving,  and dynamic thinking with the potential for social media support depending on department needs.  This internship includes both independent work and opportunities for collaborative projects and high visibility interactions with business and community leaders.  This is an excellent internship for those candidates seeking a diverse and demanding learning experience.

Internships with the KC Chamber are not paid but offer valuable hands-on experience.  This experience allows students to explore areas of interest and decide if this is an area for a potential career.

Class credit is available to students. 

This is an unpaid internship opportunity.


  • Strong written and oral communication skills including high levels of both written and spoken English language
  • Self-motivated and willingness to learn/try new things
  • Ability to take on projects and problems beyond current experience;
  • Effective critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products,  specifically Word,  Excel,  and PowerPoint

Show Me Institute-Summer Intern

Summer Intern

The Show-Me Institute is pleased to offer internship opportunities for Summer 2020.

  • Internships are open to current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. 
  • Internships last approximately 10 weeks. The exact starting and ending dates are flexible, but we anticipate that each internship will run from June 1 until August 14.
  • Summer interns will work a full-time schedule (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  
  • Interns will be involved in many aspects of the Institute’s operations. Interns will work closely with senior staff on a wide variety of projects. They can expect greater responsibility and personal attention than they would receive at larger organizations.
  • Interns will assist staff members with a variety of tasks. These may include researching public policy topics, organizing events, and writing and editing op-eds, newsletter articles, studies, and other documents. Some administrative and clerical tasks will also be required.
  • Policy internships as well as communications and development internships are available.
  • An internship is an excellent opportunity to improve your research and writing skills. Each intern will produce regular blog posts and an op-ed on a public policy topic of interest. Each intern will receive feedback and assistance from SMI staff members throughout the process.
  • Internships are located in either our St. Louis or Kansas City office.
  • Interns will be paid on an hourly basis.

Those wishing to be considered for an internship should submit the application available at the link below along with the requested supporting materials. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The application deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020. However, we will begin conducting interviews as applications are received.

About the Show-Me Institute

Founded in 2005, the Show-Me Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research organization. The mission of the Institute is advancing liberty with responsibility by promoting market solutions for Missouri public policy. For more information:

Phone: (314) 454-0647

Email: intern@showmeinstitute.org

Web: www.showmeinstitute.org

Application: https://showmeinstitute.org/sites/default/files/Summer%202020%20Intern%20Application.doc


Show Me Institute-Data Management Intern

Data Management Intern

Show-Me Institute is pleased to offer an internship focused on database design and build for Summer 2020.

  • Internships are open to current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.
  • Internships last approximately ten weeks. The exact starting and ending dates are flexible, but we anticipate that each internship will run from June 1 until August 14.
  • Summer interns will work a full-time schedule (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Job brief

  • We are looking for a qualified intern to assist in designing and building a stable and reliable database. You will be assisting with developing, testing, improving and maintaining the database to help users retrieve data effectively.
  • You will work closely with developers to ensure system consistency. You will also collaborate with administrators to provide technical support and identify new requirements. Communication, organization, and problem-solving skills are keys for this position.
  • Ultimately, you should be able to ensure our database systems run effectively and securely.


  • Assist with the design of a stable, reliable and effective database
  • Solve database usage issues and malfunctions
  • Coordinate with developers to improve applications and establish best practices
  • Gather user requirements and identify new features
  • Ensure all database programs meet company and performance requirements
  • Research and suggest new database products, services and protocols


  • In-depth understanding of data management (e.g. permissions, recovery, security and monitoring)
  • Knowledge of software development and user interface web applications
  • Hands on experience with SQL
  • Excellent analytical and organization skills
  • Understanding of front-end user requirements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • BSc major in Computer Science or relevant field

Interns can expect greater responsibility and personal attention than they would receive at larger organizations. The internship is located in St. Louis, and interns will be paid on an hourly basis.

Those wishing to be considered for an internship should submit the enclosed application and the requested supporting materials. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The application deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020. However, we will begin conducting interviews as applications are received.

Phone: (314) 454-0647

Email: intern@showmeinstitute.org

Application: https://showmeinstitute.org/sites/default/files/Summer%202020%20Database%20Intern%20Application.doc


The Immigration and Border Community Research Experience for Undergraduates

This is a unique opportunity to learn social science research methods while collaborating with local organizations to conduct in-depth research about the unique challenges faced by border communities in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico, El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. THE DETAILS Work will be fully funded by the National Science Foundation and is an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree or a variety of career paths. Students will collaborate closely with organizations already involved in advocacy for civil and human rights, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Border Network for Human Rights.  Successful applicants will spend 10 weeks in the El Paso/Las Cruces/Ciudad Juárez region during the summer (May 21-July 28, 2018). Positions are fully funded by the NSF. Students will receive a stipend of $5000 and meal expenses. In addition, students traveling from outside the region will receive accommodation and $500 towards their travel expenses. We will also have several excursions, including a one-week intensive field-trip through the Arizona/Sonora borderlands.


The deadline is March 1st.


For more information please contact Neil Harvey, (575) 646-3220, nharvey@nmsu.edu or Jeremy Slack, (915) 747-6530 jmslack@utep.edu.


Visit https://www.utep.edu/liberalarts/bordercommunity/apply/index.html for additional requirements and information on how to apply.



Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Historical Economic Data Internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Consider a career with an organization focused on promoting a healthy regional and national economy. As a part-time intern, you will directly contribute to the trust and confidence in the nation’s financial system through challenging work assignments and rewarding professional experiences. The intern will assist with the design and maintenance of the CLINT database. CLINT is an exciting new project at CADRE, which catalogs economically relevant historical events in a graph database. It is a large-scale, publically visible project. This opportunity exposes the intern to the challenges of information organization and classification that attend a project such as the CLINT. The intern will also learn from exposure to the rich, economic history of the US and other nations, as catalogued in the CLINT database.

Position is slated to start February 2017.

Key Activities:
• Finding and identifying historical source material to supplement new and existing events in the dataset.
• Conducting historical research to support or supplement existing records.
• Finding and adding new economic events, as covered in various news outlets, to add to the database.
• Identifying and conducting research on contextual linkages among various events and actors in the database.
• Performing quality and integrity checks on the CLINT database
• Consulting on the design of the database as it relates to the student’s substantive interests
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Undergraduate students within two years of graduation. History, political science, international affairs, public affairs/public administration, economics, economic history, library science or a related social science field preferred.
• Strong research skills, including researching historical events using a variety of media.
• Experience with systematic data collection and/or database design, as demonstrated through work experience or completion of courses in research design, statistics, data analysis, database administration, data science, or related coursework preferred.
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
• Proficient computer skills.

Application Instructions:
• Click here to apply.
• Please attach a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript.


DKW Communications Inc., Cyber-Threat Research and Analysis Intership

DKW Communications

DKW Communications, Inc. (DKW) has more than a decade of experience supporting more than 70 Federal Government customers. DKW’s Centers of Excellence (COEs) for Enterprise Solutions and Enterprise Services combine subject matter expertise in CMMI Level 2, ITIL v3, ISO 9001-2000, PMI PMBOK, and IEEE standards. The organization has in-depth experience in Defense Messaging; Net-Centric Data Communications; Cybersecurity; Business Operations and Process Re-engineering; and Applications Development, Operations, and Sustainment.

Applicants interested in the Cyber-Threat Research and Analysis Internship should contact the organization at 202.355.7400.