Intern Program

Providing Valuable Experience for Future Professionals

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500 Festival Intern Program

The 500 Festival Intern Program is designed to allow each intern to experience the month of May in Indianapolis in a new and exciting way. This program is offered during the spring semester of the academic year and is only open to students. The majority of offered internships begin mid-January and conclude the first week of June. Select internships may run longer. Please see individual descriptions for more details.

The Organization: The 500 Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500. To achieve our mission, we create fun and life-changing community events that create hype around the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana in preparation for race weekend. After all, it’s the largest single-day sporting event in the world! Over half a million people are impacted by our events each May, and we love what we do.

The People: The 500 Festival staff is 18 deep and packed with talented, hard-working professionals who care about our city, our state, and what the Indy 500 means to its history and culture. An additional 11 interns join us for the spring semester, and another 7,000 volunteers help us make May a month-long celebration covered in Hoosier hospitality.

The Atmosphere: The office culture is a blend of professionalism and fun with varying personalities and skill sets. We take our jobs seriously, but at the end of the day, we’re the Festival! Whether you’re planning the nation’s premier half marathon, executing a flawless red carpet event, or producing one of the world’s largest parades, it’s hard work, but always fun and rewarding!

The Candidates: We want the best! That doesn’t always mean the smartest, most talented, or top of the class. We want the hardest working and most passionate students. If you’re looking for a career in events, have a willingness to learn, flexibility to put in some long hours in May, and you’d like to have a blast with a class of 11 other interns, then join us this spring and help produce the greatest month-long series of events on Earth.


Areas of interest

Customer Relations & Ticketing

Event & Program – 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Expo and JPMorgan Chase Kids’ Day

Event & Program – OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, 500 Festival Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, and 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce 




Phone: (317) 614-6122