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:
- Writing an Internship/Job Description
- Recruiting and Legal Issues
- Managing Interns
- Top Ten Concerns of Interns
- Indiana University Intellectual Property Policy
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