What is the Sophomore Internship Program at IUPUI?
IUPUI is connecting sophomores with Indianapolis area employers for early internship experiences. These internships provide academically recognized, experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. The program works with the students during the experience to ensure they are developing skills and a career trajectory that will lead to future success.
Time commitment: One semester, 10–15 hours per week.
Who can apply: Indianapolis area employers across every sector. Applications for spring 2021 participants will open in September 2020.
Intern pay: Students are paid $7.25 per hour by the company. IUPUI provides students a scholarship. Students earn the equivalent of $15 per hour for up to 150 hours.
The Sophomore Internship Program is a great chance to mentor a current undergraduate. In addition mentoring the next generation of professionals, you can:
Access a pre-screened pool of students interested in your field.
Develop IUPUI talent and initiate a possible feeder system into your company, while keeping graduates in the Indianapolis community.
Work with students who already have at least some skills in the field.
Tackle projects that you are interested in, but may not have time or access to the skill set needed.
Make connections and create better relationships with students.
Develop supervisory skills in your employees while managing undergraduate interns.
Improve retention and graduation rates by getting students engaged in co-curricular learning through class and work.
The typical SIP intern is a full-time sophomore and has at least a 2.0 overall GPA (the average tends to be in the 3.0 range). Interns applying in the spring semester (fall semester) for the following fall semester (spring semester) are prescreened by us and interview with you prior to placement.
Because interns are also enrolled in full-time coursework, we ask that you keep the projects within the designated 10–15 hours per week. The total time for the internship is approximately 150 hours.
Yes! You may continue a working relationship with the intern, with the company then responsible for 100% of wages.
Students earn the equivalent of $15 per hour. Employers pay students $7.25 per hour. SIP provides a scholarship to the students for the remainder. If employers typically pay more than $15 per hour, they may do so with the understanding that SIP will not match anything over the allotment.
The responsibilities and projects will depend on the company needs. They need to be tasks related to students' majors with a learning agenda and not just busy work. Interns are to be provided meaningful learning experiences through work to foster professional and personal growth. In addition, supervisors will provide feedback to continually develop students' professional and personal skills, culminating in a work performance evaluation at the end of the program.
Prior to interviewing with a company, all students engage in a variety of professionalism workshops, including a resume critique, mock interviews, and a session on how to be successful in an internship. Students are expected to reflect on their experience with guided discussion questions with other interns in the program and create an electronic professional development portfolio throughout the experience. In addition, there will be a site visit from the IUPUI representatives.
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