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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.

IU Southeast Internship Process for Interns and Employers

  1. Writing an Internship Position Description
  2. Intern Applies and is Awarded an Internship
  3. Intern Meets with Internship Coordinator
  4. Intern Creates Learning Objectives with Faculty and Employer
  5. Intern Begins Internship
  6. Managing Your Intern
  7. Completing Midterm/Final Evaluations of Intern

How Do Internships Benefit Employers

  • Students bring new perspectives to old problems
  • Visibility of your organization is increased on campus
  • The freedom for professional staff to pursue other more important creative project Quality candidates for temporary or seasonal positions and projects
  • Flexible, cost-effective work force not requiring a long-term employer commitment
  • Proven, cost-effective way to recruit and evaluate potential employees
  • Employer's image in the community is enhanced as you contribute yourexpertise to the educational enterprise

Eligibility Requirements for IU Southeast Students

  • Must be an enrolled IU Southeast student
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, with the exception of Business majors (2.7 GPA) and Criminology and Criminal Justice majors (2.8 GPA)
  • Have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours or have attained second semester sophomore status

Credit vs. Non-Credit

An Internship involves a student, an employer supervisor and a faculty sponsor of the university. If an internship is taken for credit, the student is responsible for identifying a faculty sponsor to oversee the internship semester. Internship credit hours are determined by the number of hours a student works per week. See the chart below:

Hours Worked
Per Week
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

Please note: Internships do not need to align with semester term dates (Interns can begin when available)

Internship credit is not required for most majors, so students may choose to take an internship for credit or non-credit. A non-credit internship will still appear on the student’s transcript and is monitored by the university. The non-credit internship involves the student, internship coordinator, and an employer supervisor.

Employer Qualifications for Creating an Internship

Internship programs, unlike part-time or full-time positions, will contain specific learning objectives
criteria that can contribute to student's academic learning.

When creating an internship position be sure that the position includes:

  • Intentional student learning outcomes that can be closely monitored by a supervisor
  • Beneficial projects for your department/company
  • Supervision from an internship supervisor or mentor
  • Midterm/final evaluations on the intern's experience and learning objectives
  • A minimum of 14 weeks length
  • A minimum of 8 hours and maximum of 40 hours per week
IU Southeast Internship vs. Part/Full-Time Positions
IU Southeast
Measurable learning outcomes *
Ability to obtain academic credit *
Internships can be paid or unpaid *
Should be less than 20% clerical work *
Hired to replace an existing position *

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