An internship is your opportunity to gain relevant experience in your field, develop new skills, and possibly earn college credit.
Internships can be paid or unpaid, and can last anywhere from a few weeks to several semesters—most last a full semester. You’ll typically work between 5 to 25 hours a week while you’re in school full-time, or 40 hours a week during the summer.
Internships are a great way to gain real-world experience and skills. They also allow you to explore a career that you’re interested in and can help you determine whether you want to go into that field.
To earn academic credit, your academic department must approve the internship before you begin working. You’ll also need to meet your department’s qualifications.
Academic internships offer a number of benefits, such as having the possibility to earn academic credit for your work. These internships are associated with a course number which will appear on your transcript, giving you an official record to show employers. You'll also benefit from the university's liability insurance—while enrolled in a course associated with your internship, this insurance will cover you if an accident occurs while working.
Another added benefit is that the wages you earn through your academic internship with a registered course number are exempt from financial aid calculations. Make sure you list these wages on the FAFSA when it asks if any of your earnings were associated with a cooperative education position to take advantage of this.
Getting started with Academic Internships
If you're in good academic standing and meet your department requirements, you're eligible for an academic internship. Because work experiences don't always fit in the typical academic calendar, you can begin academic internships at any time during the calendar year. You can enroll in 1 to 6 credit hours per semester per your department's policies for these internships. If you obtain an internship on your own and would like to see if you can get academic credit for it, please contact us or fill out the Qualtrics form below.
Academic internships are specified as any part-time, full-time, paid, or voluntary work experience that is related to your educational and career goals and approved by your academic department. Internship credit won't be given for past work experiences, only new experiences.
Land the Perfect Internship
There are several ways that you can find an internship. Our favorite is through Handshake, where we screen each post to verify that it’s legitimate.
Other options include LinkedIn or Indeed, or Indianaintern.net. You also have the option of finding one on your own—through your network, by contacting businesses you’re interested in, or even through your professors. Reach out to our staff if you need assistance with the internship search process. If you’re looking for a summer internship, keep in mind that most companies post their summer internships between November and January. Waiting until February or March to look for a summer internship is often too late.