Host an SIP intern

Benefits of working with SIP interns

SIP is a great chance to give back to IUPUI undergraduates through guidance and mentoring in a professional workplace. In addition to mentoring the next generation of professionals, you can:

  • Access a pre-screened pool of students interested in your field
  • Make connections with IUPUI undergraduates and improve their sense of belonging in the workplace
  • Develop supervisory skills in your employees
  • Train students and hire them after the internship

Learn more about our program

[Our intern] is an amazing student and will be hired on as a part-time staff member based on her exemplary work.

SIP supervisor | Lutheran Child and Family Services of Indiana/Kentucky

What it's like being an SIP internship site

SIP provides a scholarship, and you provide the experience with an hourly wage of at least $7.25 per hour. The intern works with you 10–15 hours a week from late August to late December (fall semester) or early January to early May (spring semester).

During the semester, you will:

  • Meet with your intern regularly for progress updates and to review work
  • Give ongoing feedback to your intern with evaluations and a site visit
  • Attend the internship showcase in April
  • Have ongoing support from the SIP staff 

Explore previous sites

100Over 100 undergraduates have worked with our internship sites in the last four years.

70Over 70 supervisors have worked with our interns since 2017.

75%Over half of our current supervisors have hosted SIP interns for two or more semesters.

Student overview

The typical SIP intern is a full-time second-year or sophomore IUPUI student and has at least a 2.0 overall GPA (most of our applications average a 3.0 overall GPA). Interns apply during their first or second year of college, so we provide extra guidance as they navigate what is usually a first professional job.

IUPUI students are increasingly diverse across multiple identities, and SIP has a great opportunity and responsibility to ensure that future Indianapolis professionals represent the communities they serve. We encourage applicants of racial and ethnic-minority backgrounds typically underrepresented in any major, those having a disability, those identifying as LGBTQ+, and those who are the first in their family to attend college.

[Our intern] has the strength of being able to ask questions and dig into details to help solve problems that we might not have known we were having yet.

SIP supervisor | Ascend Indiana

How we support you

What we do during the application process:

  • Require applicants to visit career services for assistance with the application, resume, and mock interviews. This starts the career education and development relationship early.
  • Pre-screen applications in mid-March/October and send you a short list of applicants to interview in April/November.
  • Manage the matching process based on feedback from you and the applicants. We send matches in May/December to give you enough time to prepare.

Preview application criteria

What we do during the internship semester:

  • Complete a program orientation with the interns.
  • Hold periodic online discussions with interns to reflect on their experiences as a group. While the individual internship sites are different, interns are often having similar professional growth experiences.
  • Visit each internship site once during the semester to check in and discuss progress and learning. We also have you complete evaluation forms to track growth and start feedback conversations with your interns about professional skills.
  • Have office hours for interns to stop by and ask our team questions about navigating professional situations.
  • Facilitate the completion of the intern electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) to help interns document their learning and growth. This is a great record of their learning and can be a resource for recommendation letters and drafting future personal statements.
  • Prepare interns for the internship showcase, including how to communicate across audiences with different levels of knowledge of the internship work.
  • Share other funding sources and ways to keep your interns beyond the semester. Each intern is eligible for one semester of SIP, but there are other programs and opportunities if you want to continue working together.

Are you ready to host SIP interns?

Internship descriptions are accepted all year and are posted on Handshake (IUPUI student job-search platform) from mid-January to early February. 

Submit an internship description

Contact us

Taylor Hall, UC 3140
815 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 278-3480
sipiupui@iupui.edu