Are you looking for internships but aren’t sure if staying in Indianapolis for the summer is right for you? Check out the Brain Gain Program! This unique and competitive program provided by Internship and Career Services (ICS) is designed to give students the opportunity to explore the Indianapolis culture and community.

To qualify for the program, students secure an internship or similar experience in the Indianapolis area to receive the subsidized, safe and convenient housing on campus. Students can live in University Terrace for fifty dollars a week. Living in the same complex and attending events together is a great way to meet new Butler students.

Students are also required to attend the Wednesday evening events around Indianapolis. Students get to discover more about the Circle City by participating in these free, fun-filled events. Past events have included company tours, sporting events, theatre performances, museum visits, dinner at the zoo, networking socials and many other exciting opportunities. All of the events include dinner provided at no cost.

“A tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, cooking class and professional etiquette dinner are some of the events already scheduled for this summer” according to Program Coordinator Jennifer McConnell. She goes on to say “alumni and local professionals will be attending several of the events as well and Brain Gain Program participants are encouraged to network with them.”

Junior Lauren Dunford participated in the program in the summer of 2010. She found an internship with the Indiana State Fair but was nervous about living away from home for the summer. “I was really looking to get involved in a program that would be a great step towards transitioning into a more independent lifestyle” said Dunford. “The Brain Grain Program definitely provided me with that opportunity.”

Senior Jackie Sands loved the program so much that she participated twice. Sands interned with Butler University Conferences and Special Events both summers. She has recommended the program to many of her friends and enjoyed experiencing all that Indianapolis has to offer. Sands said, “I have gained valuable real-life experience from my internship and learned more about the city I hope to call home after graduation.”

Click here to learn more about the Brain Gain Program.

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