Undergraduate Internships2018-09-03T15:33:16-04:00


Internships provide significant experiences that can make a difference to graduates in their job search and give confidence in their career choices.

75% participate in an internship
(infographic) hands-on experience guraranteed
(infographic) 45 cities where students completed internships


  • The chance to apply knowledge from class in real-life situations
  • The opportunity to “test drive” a possible career and find out if it suits you
  • Professional contacts who often prove helpful when you’re searching for a job after graduation
  • Relevant job experience and an enhanced resume, making you more marketable to employers
  • Possible academic credit on your transcript


Emmely Ovalle interning at Danville Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Emmely Ovalle ‘19

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Organization: Danville Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Position: Physical Therapy Intern
Location: Danville, KY
Term: Fall 2017

“The most important thing I have gained from this experience is that I am now certain that physical therapy is the field I wish to pursue as my future and lifelong career. Over the few months I have been interning at the clinic, I have been able to witness how the PTs have cultivated wonderful relationships with patients they see so often. And all the while, aiding in the patients’ recovery process and watching them get stronger with every visit. It has been such an inspiring experience!”

Abigail Kent ‘19 interning with Syrian American Medical Society Foundation

Abigail Kent ‘19

Major: Economics and Finance
Organization: Syrian American Medical Society Foundation
Position: Medical Missions Volunteer Coordination Intern
Location: Washington, DC
Term: Fall 2017

“Throughout my internship, I have coordinated with volunteers to prepare them for medical missions to Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bangladesh, Puerto Rico, and Texas in order to provide primary and specialized care to under-served populations and Syrian refugees. I gained valuable experience in interpersonal skills, data collection and analysis, and problem-solving skills. I came into this internship interested in learning more about what the day-to-day activities of the non-profit world would look like, and I can confidently say that this has changed my career interests, and I hope to pursue a career in the future that I find to be as fulfilling and life-altering as this internship experience.”

Jimmy Robinson ‘18 interning with Borneo Nature Foundation

Jimmy Robinson ‘18

Major: Anthropology/Sociology
Organization: Borneo Nature Foundation
Position: Biodiversity and Habitat Monitoring Intern
Location: Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia
Term: Summer 2017

“Our duties included following orangutans, gibbons, and red langurs to observe behavior, conducting dragonfly and damselfly surveys, conducting gibbon surveys through gibbon triangulation, measuring tree growth, and participating in reforestation efforts. I gained an even better understanding and appreciation of the environment, specifically the rainforest, as well as a better understanding of the threats that it currently faces.”

Emma Jackson ‘18 interning with Conserve Natural Forests

Emma Jackson ‘18

Major: International Studies
Organization: Conserve Natural Forests
Position: Photographer and social media intern
Location: Pai, Thailand
Term: Summer 2017

“Some days I am photographing the elephants interacting with their natural environment and the visitors, others I am learning about the hundred-plus different plant species in our demonstration forest. Every day I am working with my hands and seeing the impact that this small organization is making, and that fuels my passion.”


How do you get an internship?

Setting up an internship at Centre is simple. Students pursue academic internships during their junior or senior year and may participate in non-credit internships at any point in their time at Centre. If participating in a credit internship, they choose a faculty advisor and, with the help of the Center for Career & Professional Development, find and apply to an internship site. Together, the student, the faculty advisor, and the intern sponsor set expectations for the internship.

During the internship, students complete an academic project and work on other projects as requested by the sponsor and faculty advisor. At the end of the term, students give a presentation about their work and complete an evaluation of the internship experience. Students can participate in an academic-credit internship during all terms including the short CentreTerm in January as well as during the summer. They may also participate in a non-credit internship during the summer

Where have Centre students interned?

Here’s a sampling of organizations where Centre students have recently completed internships:

  • Alltech Biotechnology Inc.
  • American History Museum
  • Amnesty International
  • Berkshire Theatre Festival
  • The Cabbage Patch Settlement House
  • Cabrini-Green Legal Aid
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Central Baptist Hospital
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • CNN
  • Community Arts Center
  • Copperhead Environmental Consulting
  • Danville Advocate-Messenger
  • Danville Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • DC Scores
  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
  • Farmers National Bank
  • Heartland Veterinary Hospital
  • Hilliard Lyons
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries
  • Kentucky Trust Company
  • Kentucky World Trade Center
  • Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Louisville Zoo
  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Sarabande Books
  • Senator Harry Reid’s Office
  • Senator Mitch McConnell’s Office
  • Smithsonian Institute
  • Sony Pictures/Yari Film Group
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Toyota
  • University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence
  • U.S.-Asia Institute
  • Vice Presidential Debate Steering Committee


Mindy Wilson

Mindy Wilson

Assistant Director, Center for Career & Professional Development