Jeffrey A. Finkle Ohio University Economic Development Internship Now Accepting Applications
November 16, 2012
Thanks to a $25,000 gift to The Ohio University Foundation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a new internship program at Ohio University will offer undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs with the opportunity to intern at the IEDC and gain practical, hands-on experience in local economic development issues and trends.
The establishment of this Internship will recognize 25 years of national leadership in economic development by Jeffery A. Finkle, a graduate of Ohio University and University Merit of Merit recipient. Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and international authority on economic development. As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world's largest economic development membership organization, he contributes his expertise on community revitalization, business development and job creation to projects nationwide.
ORGANIZATION PROFILE: The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. When we succeed, our members create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions. Their Mission is to "provide leadership and excellence in economic development for our communities, members, and partners." They embrace the following core values. They reflect and support our mission, and guide our decisions, actions and provision of services:
- Social responsibility and a dedication to building healthy, just, and competitive communities
- Creation of wealth for individuals, businesses, and communities
- Advancement of both the economic development profession and economic development professional
- Cooperation and collaboration
- Diversity, tolerance, and equity
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Jeffrey A. Finkle Ohio University Economic Development Intern will work closely with the staff at IEDC as part of a team in a fast-paced environment to help advance IEDC's mission. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the subject of how communities recover
economically through hands-on research. You will network with experts in economic development and related industries as well as gain an insider's view on career opportunities in economic development. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Conduct & compile research on latest trends in economic development. This often involves a heavy amount of verbal phone interviews with practitioners and research institutions, in addition to internet and journal-based research.
- Assist with best practice research and case study development on various economic development subjects
- Assist in the preparation of forums on various economic development subjects/topics
- Help with site visit preparation and background research for economic development assessments for communities
Interns at IEDC play an integral role in the organization and are treated as such, with content-based activities significantly outweighing administrative tasks. As such, interns are expected to be self-starters and have comfort with taking ownership to see tasks and projects through to completion.
This competitive internship is geared for students who wish to learn new subjects, expand current knowledge, and gain valuable work experience, particularly in the area of economic development.Interns often have the opportunity to attend local IEDC conferences, brown bag lunches and
professional development webinars.
Summer interns are expected to work a 40 hour work week and commit 10 weeks of their summer to the internship.
QUALIFICATIONS: The Jeffrey A. Finkle Ohio University Economic Development Internship is available to both undergraduate (Junior or Senior status) and graduate students who have worked with or have an affiliation with Ohio University's Voinovich School.In addition to MPA, MSES, and Voinovich Scholars, those students who have a current or past work placement at the Voinovich School through the applied Centers and Consortiums are eligible to apply.
All applicants must be Ohio University students in good academic
standing at the time of application.
Students must be pursuing a field related to economic development, city and regional planning, public administration or public policy.
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
INTERNSHIP PERIOD: Summer
LOCATION: Washington, DC
SALARY: $13.00/hour (Housing and Transportation is the responsibility of the Intern)
STIPEND and TUITION ASSISTANCE: No
COLLEGE CREDITS: This internship is eligible for college credit with a maximum of 6 credits available. Intern is required to submit a weekly journal to their faculty sponsor as well as a final paper.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00 PM, February 1st, 2013
Submit the following via e-mail:
- cover letter
- one writing sample (not to exceed 15 pages, type written, and double spaced)
- two letters of reference
- one faculty sponsor (completed attached internship agreement form) to: