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Career Development Center

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Overview of the Internship Program

An Indiana University Southeast Internship is an educational experience related to a student’s degree program and career plan which allows the student to apply what he/she has learned to real work situations. An Internship involves a student, an employer supervisor and a sponsor of the university.

Learning objectives are established by the faculty member, student, and employer and then recorded in an official Learning Agreement. The program does not allow for the employer supervisor and the sponsor of the university to be the same individual.

An Internship may be a paid or unpaid experience and a student may earn from zero to six academic credit hours (depending on the number of hours worked per week). It is necessary for the internship to be registered through Career Development Center in order for it to appear on the student’s transcript.

Internships are a minimum of 14 weeks in length (the dates do not have to line up neatly with the semester dates). The internship may continue past the initial 14 week period. The student must work a minimum of 8 hours per week and as many as 40 hours per week. Typically, an internship is 15-20 works per week, still allowing a student to attend classes while working.

IU Southeast does not require internships for most majors. Therefore, students may choose to take an internship for credit or may instead choose zero credit. A zero credit hour internship will still appear on a student’s transcript and be monitored by the university.

Credit hours are determined by the number of hours a student works per week. See the chart below:

Credits
Available
Hours Worked
Per Week
Minimum
Total Hours
1 8-10 112
2 11-15 154
3 16-22 224
4 23-30 322
5 31-35 434
6 36-40 504

What Is An Internship?

An internship is an educational experience related to a student’s degree program and career plan which allows the student to apply what he/she has learned to real work situations. An Internship involves a student, an employer supervisor and a sponsor of the university.

An internship is a closely monitored work or service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. An internship:

  • Is a time-limited experience of approximately 14 weeks and occurs during the fall, spring or summer semester
  • Is generally a one-time experience
  • May be part-time or full-time; paid or non-paid
  • May be part of an educational program and carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit
  • May be part of a learning plan developed individually
  • Is different from a short-term job or volunteer work as it includes an intentional “learning agenda” in a structured work environment.
  • Includes learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment
  • Has an existing employee working in the department/position to mentor and supervise the intern
  • Seeks to establish a reasonable balance between the learning goals of the intern and the specific work tasks of an organization
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development

How Do Internships Benefit Employers?

  • A year round source of highly motivated pre-professionals
  • The opportunity to have new perspectives on various processes, procedures and programs
  • Quality candidates for temporary or seasonal positions and projects
  • The increased visibility of your organization on college campuses
  • The freedom for professional staff to pursue other important projects and tasks
  • A flexible, cost-effective work force that does not require a long-term employment commitment
  • Prepared and trained new employees hired from your intern pool
  • A proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees

Adapted from materials published by the National Society for Experiential Education

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