The enFocus Internship Program

South Bend, Indiana, United States | Full-time


Who We Are
enFocus, a non-profit organization, brings an entrepreneurial focus to communities in the South Bend - Elkhart, Indiana region by recruiting top talent, providing mentorship and cohort-based programming, and executing innovation projects for community partners, called sponsors, in the Civic (education, government, healthcare, nonprofit, etc.) and Industry (manufacturing, technology, private business, etc.) sectors. Since its founding in 2012, enFocus has also incubated 108 startups and social impact initiatives through Research, Development, & Entrepreneurship.

What You’ll Do
Throughout this paid, 8-week Summer Internship, enFocus will provide you with meaningful work responsibilities, social and professional development programming, and access to a network of mentors to assist you as you progress in your career.

As a Summer Intern, you'll work with enFocus Fellows and Project Managers to discover, design, and implement innovative solutions for project sponsors. Interns work on at least two projects throughout the summer: one as a lead on a consulting-like innovation project designed to assist a local organization (called a Primary Project), and one as a team member on a group research/entrepreneurship project to support an existing enFocus startup incubation or social impact initiative (called a Secondary Project). Our projects are based on community needs, which means we have a unique offering of opportunities each year.

Each project will require different work activities, though all Summer Interns will be expected to:

  • Execute a project management plan for all projects
  • Share opportunities and coordinate with various stakeholders, community leaders, and business executives
  • Conduct discover activities, such as customer/stakeholder interviews, strategic research, and data collection and analysis
  • Conduct design activities, such as program design, business model and/or marketing campaign development, process mapping, technology/software requirements definition, grant-writing, and strategic planning
  • Conduct implement activities, such as technology/software implementation, employee training, project/stakeholder management, marketing strategy execution, and data collection/evaluation
  • Communicate regular project updates to enFocus staff and sponsors via meetings, email, and well-organized presentations
  • Positively represent enFocus through all project engagements and any other enFocus events

Though some Summer Interns may work across our Civic and Industry portfolios, most Summer Interns are assigned to either a Civic Innovation or an Industry Innovation project for their Primary Project.

On Civic Innovation projects, previous Summer Interns have:

  • Partnered with government officials to design a city-wide sustainable food system
  • Developed and deployed a community needs assessment for a non-profit hospital
  • Built strategic and financial plans for a grant-funded, community ride-sharing initiative
  • Created and implemented a Google Ads campaign and a marketing strategy for a local workforce development agency

On Industry Innovation projects, previous Summer Interns have:

  • Used business problem-solving methodologies to examine processes, data, and financial flows to identify efficiency gains and optimize value streams for a manufacturer
  • Designed and piloted research studies regarding products, markets, and supply chain dynamics for an existing business or emerging startup
  • Analyzed and visualized data for a private business using tools such as PowerBI and Tableau, as well as programming languages such as Python, R, and SQL

Regardless of their Primary Project portfolio, all Summer Interns will contribute to an ongoing Research, Development, & Entrepreneurship initiative for their Secondary Project. On these types of projects, past Summer Interns have:

  • Helped enFocus Fellows advance their own novel social or business venture
  • Collaborated with company representatives on federal research grant proposals (SBIR/STTR)
  • Developed social programs to address disparities in the community
  • Worked with a promising startup to achieve an important business milestone

To help enFocus determine project assignments, Summer Interns will participate in a project ranking process prior to the internship.

enFocus supplements job activities with professional development, networking, and social programming for all interns—including a speaker series from regional business/community leaders. As an enFocus intern, you will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced team of enFocus Fellows, develop a wide range of professional skills, and make a tangible impact in Northern Indiana.

What We Look for in a Candidate

  • Passion for building better communities through innovation and entrepreneurship in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortability in taking initiative and ownership over project activities/planning, priorities, and recommendations amidst ambiguous situations
  • Excellent presentation and strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Clear demonstration of leadership experience and/or project management capabilities in work or academic settings
  • Ability to provide strategic insights through problem-solving and research
  • Adaptability to learn new skills quickly
  • Familiarity and/or interest in one or more of the following: business/data analytics, community development, manufacturing, market or production strategy, product development, social impact, supply chain, and/or technology/software implementation

Requirements & Expectations

  • Must be a student at an undergraduate institution, a current graduate student, or a recent graduate. All majors and degrees are considered
  • Strong candidates typically maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Barring changes with public health guidance, Summer Interns must be available to work full-time in the South Bend-Elkhart region for 8 weeks, with an expected cohort start date of May 30, 2023. We understand that some candidates may not finish their academic years until mid-June, and we will work with these candidates on a case-by-case basis to determine their start dates
  • Must be able to use personal or public transportation for frequent travel to the enFocus and/or sponsor offices across the South Bend - Elkhart Region and Southwest Michigan
  • enFocus does not provide interns with laptops or other technology; interns must bring their own devices to complete work

Job Type

Full-Time, 8-Week Summer Internship Position (~40 hours/week)

enFocus Summer Interns are expected to work in-person at one of our three offices throughout the South Bend - Elkhart region.


  • $13/hour - $15/hour
  • Innovation Project as Project Lead
  • Group Project for Early-Stage Non-Profit or Start-Up
  • $1,000 Housing Stipend 
  • 2 Days Holiday PTO (Juneteenth, Fourth of July)
  • Professional Development, Social, & Networking Events
  • Hybrid/Flexible Work Schedule

Application Deadlines & Interview Timeline

enFocus will accept and evaluate rolling Summer Internship Applications until positions are no longer available.

Contact Information
Applicants should receive an automated email immediately after submitting this application. If you do not find this email in your inbox, please check your junk and spam folders to ensure that you will be notified of any application status updates. Any questions can be directed to