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Project Lead Internship

Are you looking for an opportunity to get real-world experience in project management and event planning? If yes, then let’s talk…

The Opportunity

Get hands-on, real-world experience with managing a project using the better practice tools and techniques.
As an intern at MindsparQ®, you'll have the unique chance to work closely with Crystal Richards (that's me!), the Principal & Owner of MindsparQ®. Your role will be instrumental in assisting with the coordination and management of our upcoming, Indoor Recess™️ Summit, a 2-day hybrid event designed specifically for project managers.

About the Event
The goal of the 2024 Indoor Recess™️ Summit will be to seamlessly blend in-person and virtual experiences, creating an engaging and dynamic environment for project managers. Attendees will have the option to join in person at a designated location or participate virtually from anywhere in the world. This innovative approach to event management requires a skilled individual to ensure its success.

The event will be held on October 16 & 17, 2024.  In-person location TBD--that's the intern's job.
about me

Crystal Richards

I am the Principal & Owner of MindsparQ®, a talent development consulting firm dedicated to providing training and professional development to organizations that want to improve their project management (waterfall & agile) capabilities.

I train people to be better project managers.
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about YOU

What MindsparQ® is Looking For

Here are the basics of what I need in an intern👉🏿
  • Experience using Google Suite (Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Drive, and Google Sites).
  • You’re excited by the prospect of rolling up your sleeves and learn from your missteps.
  • You’re a kind, passionate and collaborative problem-solver who seeks and gives candid feedback, and values the chance to make an impact.
  • You are intellectually curious and have the ability to work independently.
  • Effective communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.
  • Proof of formal education in project management (i.e., Google PM certificate, 21 hours of LinkedIn Learning PM courses, or completion of PMP/CAPM boot camp).  In other words, have a foundational understanding of industry-standard project management principles, terminology, tools, and techniques such as those defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (published by the Project Management Institute).

What You'll Do

I’m seeking a thoughtful and flexible individual to serve as the project lead for the Indoor Recess™️ Summit coordination. As the intern, you will lead this project by providing coordination, communications management, schedule management, risk management and other major project management tasks.
  • Develop project artifacts and templates such as a project charter, Gantt chart, cost estimates, risk register, RACI matrix, WBS, project plan, lessons learned, etc.
  • Go through the steps of project management in addition to using Agile/Scrum techniques (product backlog, stand-ups, retrospective meeting).
  • Track milestones and tasks, keep stakeholders informed, and introduce mitigation tactics to minimize project risks.
  • Gain clarity on the five process groups of project management: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring & controlling, and project closure.

What You Will Gain

  • 12+ months of real-word project management experience to add to your resume - this can come in handy for those needing work experience to sit for the PMP exam, eh?
  • Exposure and application of project management software (Asana, Google Suite).
  • Creation of major project management artifacts.
  • Coaching and feedback on progress.
  • Letter of reference/recommendation upon completion of the project.
  • Comfort that you won’t fail; as your sponsor, coach, and mentor, I’m with you every step of the way.

FAQs...like, is this unpaid???

Is this a paid or unpaid internship?

You will receive a stipend of $2,500 to be broken up into 4 payments:
  • 1st payment: $500 at the start of the project (approx. January 22, 2024)
  • 2nd payment: $500 in April 2024
  • 3rd payment: $500 in October 2024
  • 4th payment: $1000 at the end of the project (approx. December 15, 2024)

PLUS added benefits of tuition covered for MindsparQ®️ events, books, and covering your exam fees for the CAPM or PMP.


This position is expected to spend 2-3 hours per week. 

Hours are to accommodate the need to work a full-time job.  I get it.

Can I work a full-time job during the internship?


Given the limited stipend and low number of hours, it is fully expected that you may have a full-time job to pay the bills.

Internship Timeline

The internship is for a 12+ month period of time.  It would be great if you can see this through for the entire project timeline. Estimated completion date is mid-December 2024. If you cannot make that commitment, then this is not for you.  

This role is 100% remote (yay!) with an anticipated start of January 16, 2024. We’ll become besties by the end of this!

While the event will be held in mid-October 2024, the additional time will be for proper project closure, work on a case study, and prepare you for taking the CAPM or PMP exam, if applicable.

Do I have to submit a video?

Due to the anticipated high volume of applicants, a video submission is a way to further evaluate candidates.  Your video will not be shared with anyone outside of the MindsparQ®️ organization.

What happens after I submit my application?

All candidates will be notified if they were selected for an interview.  

Notifications will be sent the week of November 27th.

Interviews will be held the week of December 4th.

We don't do 7 rounds of interviews here (don't nobody got time for that).

If selected, is this an offer of employment with MindsparQ®?

Ummm, no.

As a part of the application process, you will be asked to sign and acknowledge that you understand that this internship is not an offer of full-time employment with MindsparQ® and that you accept the terms and conditions of payment and project timeline.  If this is something you do not agree with, then you will not be selected to move forward with the interview process.

How to apply...

Submit the following through the "Apply Today!" link:
  • 2-page maximum resume
  • Indicate formal project management education you have completed
  • Provide your LinkedIn profile URL
  • Provide a 30 to 60-sec video sharing why you would make a great intern (video links are preferred, i.e. Vimeo or YouTube).  **Required for your submission
Deadline to apply is Friday, November 17, 2023 @ 11:59 PM ET

Word of advice:
Don't count yourself out.  But don't email me or send me a LinkedIn message...just apply!
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