Experience that opens doors

Internships are one of the best ways to get ready for your career.

You’ll get experience in a field that interests you, so your resume will stand out when you apply for jobs. You’ll learn what kind of work environment you like. You’ll build your network of professional contacts. You might earn academic credit. And in some cases, internships lead to full-time jobs.

Start early, and aim for two (or more)

We encourage all students to have at least two internships—ideally starting the summer after your first year.

At the Office of Career Development, we can help you find an internship that fits your goals, and we’ll help you get the most out of it. Your first step: talk to a career coach.

56%of 2016 School of Liberal Arts graduates completed at least one internship or other form of practical work experience

100%of our journalism majors complete an internship

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Indianapolis is an intern’s dream

Indy is home to so many employers, including Fortune 500 companies, leading health organizations, difference-making nonprofits, arts organizations, sports teams, and local, state, and federal government offices. Many are a short distance from IUPUI.

Recent internship sites for our students include:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Freedom Indiana
  • The Goddard School
  • Indianapolis Monthly
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Indiana State Museum
  • John Boner Neighborhood Centers
  • Mayor’s Office, City of Indianapolis
  • Phoenix Theatre
  • Qtego Auction Services (fundraising software)
  • St. Vincent Hospital

#LiberalArtsWorks: The experiences to fulfill your dreams

Vannary Kong works hard. She’s majoring in political science, she’s had several jobs while at IUPUI, and she’s had six—yes, six—internships. The biggest was in New York, working for her dream employer, the United Nations.

To earn the internships, Vannary worked with her career coach in the Office of Career Development to perfect her resume and prepare for interviews. “They were really helpful in giving me the tools to progress in my career,” she says.

Her biggest takeaway from her internships: “Your work ethic matters most.” So don’t expect her to slow down anytime soon. She’s working for the national service program AmeriCorps VISTA in Indianapolis, and she’s applying to rejoin the U.N. in its Young Professionals Programme.

See why liberal arts works

Also consider service learning

Service learning is another way to get experience. You can also earn academic credit and make a difference in the community.