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Hillman Internship Description and Application

Applications for the 2018-2019 year are due September 8, 2018.

General Information

The mission of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics (JPIE) is to foster interdisciplinary reflection on ethical issues, including questions of justice and public policy, character, duty, and responsibility. The Hillman Internship at the Prindle Institute offers:

  • Knowledge – A primary goal of the internship is ethics education: to ensure that each intern is well equipped to examine the complexities of ethical choice. As an intern, you’ll be exposed to a variety of global and societal issues and given the chance to consider new perspectives through attending Prindle events and meetings, interacting with visiting scholars and guest speakers, and engaging in discussion with fellow interns.

  • Skills – Along with exposure to ethical issues and new ways of thinking, you’ll have the opportunity to develop several important job skills. Interns write for The Prindle Post, assist with social media, create programs, market Prindle events, and have the opportunity to initiate their own projects—all experiences that will serve you well in your future endeavors.

  • Power – As a Hillman Intern, you have the ability to create conversation and make change on campus. The Hillman Internship provides you with the resources to call attention to and critically discuss topics that you’re passionate about.

Position Summary

Hillman Interns will be expected to work seven hours per week broken down as follows:

  • Two hours per week at the JPIE reception desk when the University is in session.

  • Two hours per week with your assigned Prindle team/work group.

  • One hour per week on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. to attend either an intern meeting or ethics education event.

  • Another three to five hours per week working on Prindle assignments, i.e., writing for The Prindle Post, creating events, etc.

In addition to the above paid work, the Hillman Internship is also an educational experience. Hillman Interns will be expected to do the following:

  • Attend a half-day retreat Tuesday before classes begin and another mid-year retreat at the beginning of second semester.

  • Assist with and attend events hosted by the JPIE. Mandatory events include the DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, Prindlepalooza, High School Ethics Bowl, Prindle Prize Reception, and Young Philosopher's Lecture Series.

  • Attend 50 percent of the other Prindle-sponsored events.

Each intern will have the opportunity to create (with other interns and under the guidance of the Institute’s administration) at least one student event sponsored by the Institute during the year. Interns will also be expected to regularly write Ethics in the News pieces which may be considered for The Prindle Post if they desire, and serve as campus ambassadors for the Institute.


Candidates must be full-time students for the 2018-2019 academic year. The position is open to all majors, all years. Preference may be given to candidates who can commit to the internship for the entire academic year, but students who will be off campus one semester during the academic year are still invited to apply. Candidates must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing with the University.


Hillman Interns will start at $8.15 per hour. This is equivalent to a stipend of $800 per semester.

Selection Process

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the selection committee.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Prindle Operations Manager Linda Clute by e-mail ( or by phone (658-5017). If the application link below does not work, please contact Lana Hall ( / 658-5857)

Application Instructions

The application packet must consist of (i) a resume, (ii) cover letter (iii) “unofficial” academic transcript (from e-services), (iv) the names of two faculty references, (v) a response to the following prompt: Identify and briefly explain a significant ethical dilemma/issue/question and why you think it is important (no more than 500 words), and (vi) an Ethics in the News post (click here for instructions). Applications are due no later than Saturday, September 8. If you have trouble with the embedded form, please fill out the application at:

application form