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IEDC Internships

IEDC offers an extensive internship program for graduate and undergraduate students for summer, fall and spring semesters. Our internships are organized into four different categories: economic development technical, public policy, member services, and communications/marketing.

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Economic Development Technical internships

Economic Development Technical internships are available to students in economic development, city and regional planning, and public administration programs. Working on a variety of research-related projects, interns:

•Gain practical work experience
•Become familiar with a variety of economic development programs and issues (such as business retention and expansion (BRE), business attraction, real estate analysis, finance, and innovation)
• Have the opportunity to publish their work
• Contribute research to technical assistance projects for communities throughout the U.S.
• Prepare reports, case studies, and presentations on economic development topics and trends

Applicants should have:

• Excellent writing and organizational skills
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
• Familiarity with research and reporting methods
• General knowledge and interest in economic development programs and issues
• Flexibility and desire to work on varying projects
Communications/Marketing internships

Communications/Marketing internships are available to undergraduate students studying marketing, communications, journalism, or program management. Marketing interns support the Marketing and Member Services department through:

• Marketing IEDC conferences, courses and other services. This includes digital marketing strategies, including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
• Media relations
• Preparation and coverage of various IEDC events
• Sponsorship and exhibitor sales
• Membership retention and recruitment programs
• Job center and bookstore
Member Services internships

Member Services internships are available to undergraduate students studying management, marketing, communications, education and information technology. This internship is ideal for students interested in learning about association management, data management and the work of organizations with an educational mission. Working on various projects, interns:

• Gain practical work experience
• Become familiar with association management
• Learn customer database and lead generation systems
• Prepare research on customer needs and future trends in association activities
• Participate in membership retention and recruitment programs
• Learn about professional certification programs
Design & Communications internships

Design & Communications internships available to undergraduate and graduate students studying graphic design, marketing, communications, journalism, or computer science. Design & Communication Interns support the Vice President of Policy & Communication portfolio through:

• Graphic Design
• Multimedia production and photographic
• Analytics analysis and insight
• Marketing and advertising promotion activities (e.g. social media, direct mail and web projects)
Public Policy Internships

Public Policy Internships are available to students interested in government affairs, politics, and public policy programs. Economic development touches on many different policy areas, so through IEDC’s public policy program we work to educate policy makers and program managers on what IEDC members do and how laws and initiatives impact – positively and negatively – their ability to succeed in their work. We also keep our members informed about relevant federal programs and events. Public Policy interns will be involved in many of the following assignments:

• Review U.S. federal documents and monitor legislative alerts
• Contribute to IEDC’s public policy blog, webinars, and research projects
• Keep track of relevant appropriations and key committees’ activity
• Participate in preparations for high-level public policy events

Applicants should have:

• Excellent writing and analytical abilities
• Familiarity with research and reporting methods
• Ability to effectively communicate through a variety of channels and with multiple audiences
• Knowledge and interests in U.S. government, both Congress and the federal government

Note: Interns interested in a public policy internship with IEDC should first apply to The Washington Center. After acceptance to their program, interns should indicate their interest in interning with IEDC through TWC or by contacting IEDC directly.

Why participate in the IEDC Internship Program?

At IEDC, we are committed to offering students a meaningful professional experience. Interns work alongside IEDC staff in providing significant research support for a variety of projects. Interns have the opportunity to learn about economic development through interactions with experts, board members, and staff during brown bag lunches and other events.

In the summertime, interns have the opportunity to participate in important IEDC events, such as the IEDC Awards Judging and Bollinger Foundation fundraising golf tournament. Fun is also guaranteed! An intern and staff outing is organized towards the end of the summer where everyone can relax and get to know each other.

IEDC Partners

Ohio University. In 2011, thanks to a $25,000 gift to The Ohio University Foundation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Jeffrey A. Finkle Ohio University Economic Development Internship program was established for undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. The gift recognized 25 years of leadership by the organization’s president and CEO, Jeffrey Finkle, an Ohio University alumnus who is the Voinovich School’s Appalachian New Economy Partnership Fellow. For five years, interns have had the opportunity to work at IEDC and gain practical, hands-on experience with local economic development issues and trends.

University of Sydney. The University of Sydney Business School’s Industry Placement Program provides a unique experience for students to work and study in Washington D.C. for nine weeks during the Australian summer vacation (winter months). The program is very competitive and selects students from a diverse range of disciplines such as: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Business Law, Marketing, Management, Human Resources, Business Analytics, and Business Information Systems. For several years, IEDC has been hosting one or two students who have brought a significant contribution to IEDC research and programs.

The Washington Center. IEDC had been partnering with TWC for several years in the selection of our public policy interns. Besides an exciting internship with IEDC’s office in downtown Washington, TWC’s competitive internship program offers their students additional exciting coursework and programming, and an extensive network. TWC offers internships for the fall, spring or summer in Washington, D.C.

Internship Details

IEDC Summer internships are full-time positions and require a minimum commitment of ten weeks. Fall and spring internship positions can be either full or part time, with a minimum of 20 hours per week.

There is a limited number of paid positions for graduate students. Recent graduates and doctoral students are considered as well. Undergraduate interns are unpaid with a modest stipend provided. Academic credit can be arranged and must be set up by the student. All internships take place in Washington, DC. IEDC does not reimburse interns for travel and/or relocation costs.

How to Apply

Intern applicants should take note that while our name may make us seem like an international aid organization, we are not. Instead, we are a trade association with members primarily located in North America. The 'I' in IEDC is aspirational as we grow both our international membership and our body of research in internationally focused economic development themes, such as FDI attraction and export promotion.

Before you apply, take a moment to learn more about IEDC and our programs. If you feel that IEDC is a good fit for your professional goals, please email the following application package to intern@iedconline.org

• One-page cover letter stating interest and availability. (Clearly state the internship you are applying for)
• Detailed resume.
• Writing sample, no longer than 6-pages. This can be an academic paper from a school project or other writing piece regarding relevant development issues. It is not required that the paper is related to economic development.
• For the Design and Communication Internship: a link to your digital portfolio or provide work samples
• Recommendation letters and transcripts are optional.

Note: Interns interested in a public policy internship with IEDC should first apply to The Washington Center via their website www.twc.edu. After acceptance to their program, interns should indicate their interest in interning with IEDC through TWC or by contacting IEDC directly.

Application Deadlines

Summer Internships: March 15
Fall Internships: July 15
Spring Internships: November 15

IEDC will review applications as they arrive and schedule phone interviews when appropriate. ONLY candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Important Note: The IEDC internships are highly competitive. In order for your application to be considered, please make sure that you submit ALL required documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Also, we are unable to provide status updates on individual applications, due to the large number of applications we receive. No phone calls please. If you have questions, please email inquiries to intern@iedconline.org.


I am grateful for being a small part of the organization… I have learnt thing far beyond the knowledge I have gained at university and I can confirm you have exposed me to more real-world work experience than any other internships. It has been extremely beneficial to apply some of my university learning in a real-world environment. Thank you for making my internship a rewarding experience.”

Spring 2019 Technical Intern

Thank you for such a wonderful internship program! It has been invaluable… Compared to other internships, I feel that here at IEDC, I was able to do real things and had real responsibility. I wouldn’t trade this internship experience for anything in the world!”

Summer 2018 Technical Intern

I loved working at IEDC and have a learned a ton about economic development. This was one of the best learning experiences that I’ve had, and I’ve been inspired to pursue a career in economic development. Thank you so much for creating an environment conducive to learning.”

Summer 2018 Technical Intern

At IEDC, interns are given great responsibility and considered valuable members of the organization. They have the opportunity to take initiative on projects and gain vast professional experience. While working with Matt Mullin on IEDC’s public policy efforts, I was able to give my input on all types of projects, including the annual FED Forum conference. Due to the culture that Jeff Finkle and Matt foster, I felt like I was part of the IEDC team from day one, and I have developed connections and friendships that will be invaluable in the future. I learned so much in a short amount of time, and gained a great appreciation for how economic development affects all aspects of communities large and small.”

Spring 2017 Public Policy Intern

Interns are given real responsibilities at IEDC, so you can expect to work on projects that are fulfilling and worthwhile. At IEDC, everyone is expected to contribute, and you are held accountable for your work. This environment taught me to take initiative in my own projects and to be ambitious but reasonable with my goals and schedule. I can confidently say that IEDC provided the professional experience I needed to become a valuable asset for any organization, whether in economic development or another field. I also created lasting friendships and connections that I know will prove invaluable in the years to come. To everyone at IEDC, thank for the opportunity to learn from the best in the field, for your interest in my own growth as a professional, and for the many fond memories.”

2016- 2017 Research Fellow