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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.

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 minimum of 14 weeks in length (the dates do not have to line up neatly with the semester dates)
  • May be part-time or full-time; paid or unpaid
  • Is a minimum of 8 hours per week and as many as 40 hours per week
  • Is not required for most majors. Students may choose to take an internship for credit or non-credit. A non-credit internship will appear on a student’s transcript and is monitored by the university.
  • 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

Employer Resources

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