Nonprofit and business organizations in the community are joining the Kenyon Community Internship Program, an initiative that connects them with Kenyon student interns. Students take on professional projects that allow them to apply their knowledge and develop skills, while community partners benefit from assistance driving forward crucial projects that impact the greater Knox County community. The work of Kenyon interns and community partners extends past the office doors as it impacts the daily lives of Knox residents. Contact the Office for Community Partnerships at or the Career Development Office at to become a partner today.

Essential Resources

Internship Resources

Handshake Resources

Funding Requests

Through the generosity of local philanthropists and foundations, nonprofit organizations can apply for funding assistance to support their Kenyon internships.  For relevant dates, view the Key Dates link above, then access the application also provided in a separate link above.

Frequently Asked Questions

All community partners will now have access to post internships via the Handshake platform. If you are new to the program, please contact Kenyon’s Career Development Office (CDO) at to request information on becoming a partner. Current partners should log in to their Handshake account to post internships. There are two primary hiring cycles: August (fall and spring internships) and February (summer internships).

Though the CDO will promote your position, we cannot guarantee that a student will have the availability, interests or requirements that match your needs. The CDO also provides resources and support for managing interns throughout the process.

For each applicant, you will receive a resume and cover letter (if requested). Through Handshake, partners can manage whether they receive application materials on a rolling basis (after each submission) or when the application period closes.

We encourage a phone, virtual or in-person interview to determine fit and to allow partners to analyze applicants more fully. Partners should identify top candidates of interest and review that group before the deadline listed on the Annual Timeline. *KCIP is open to sophomore, junior and senior students; first-year students are not eligible for community internships.

We encourage partners to pay their interns. The U.S. Department of Labor provides guidance on the situations in which unpaid internships for employers. Nonprofits can apply for funding awards through Kenyon to fund their interns (see links above).

Thanks to the generous support of donors, the program has limited funds to cover student awards at a handful of nonprofits each year. Organizations may apply for award consideration by posting their “unpaid” internship to Handshake, then completing the Funding Assistance Applicaation. Please note that a position posted to Handshake required. If you plan to apply for funding consideration, you may contact the CDO to get preliminary feedback on your job description before submitting your official request.

Funding applications are reviewed by committee, and organizations will be notified of funding decisions on the Award Notification Date on the Key Dates document linked above.

Interns typically work 5-10 hours each week, but interns in non-grant awarded internships may work more if agreed upon by the intern and the partner. Remember that students will have many other commitments during academic year internships, so we recommend erring on fewer hours to ensure the intern is able to maintain steady participation throughout the experience. Summer interns often work between 20-40 hours a week, and you should budget for your summer intern accordingly.

Contact the Office for Community Partnerships ( or the Career Development Office ( 

Community Partners and Donors

Economic Development Intern, Area Development Foundation

Marketing and Communications Intern, Ariel Corporation

Data and Analytics Intern, City Engineer’s Office

Legal Intern, City of Mount Vernon Law Office

Adult Day Service Intern, Creative Foundations

Client Aid Intern, Interchurch Social Services

Health Administration Intern, Knox Community Hospital

Social Media Intern, Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pre-Veterinary Internship, Knox County Humane Society

Social Services Intern, Knox County Job & Family Services

Research Intern, Knox County Landmarks Foundation

Box Office and Social Media Intern, Memorial Building

Marketing and Prevention Intern, New Directions Shelter

Website Development Intern, The Shane Center

Fundraising and Development Intern, The Shane Center

After School Program Intern, United Way of Knox County

Customer Service Intern, Ver-Mac Industries

Geographic Information System Intern, Village of Gambier

Thanks to the generous support of donors, the program has been able to provide funding for intern wages at several nonprofit partner organizations. 

Mark & Denise Ramser 

Knox County Foundation

Park National Bank

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