- Interact with career services professionals and industry partners
- Clarify career and academic goals
- Connect with professionals working in their future career fields
- Engage in firsthand, career-related experiences
To inspire IUPUI undergraduate student success through high-quality, structured internship experiences that encourage career exploration, skills development, and professional growth. This is accomplished through partnerships with local employers and campus-industry collaborations.
To be a model program for high-impact practices through sophomore-level internships that promote student success by engaging, retaining, and graduating IUPUI undergraduates.
It's not enough to just do an internship, you have to also gain something from it and be able to talk about what you learned. Interns will:
Apply and articulate transferable and career-related skills
Internships are about gaining (and sharpening) skills and relevant experience. By the end of this experience, you should have gained important skills that you can take with you to any job or field. You should also be able to talk about the skills you gained and have concrete examples of the outcomes of applying those skills. What did you learn? What were you able to accomplish?
Demonstrate an emerging professional identity
Even if you've had a job before, you were probably told what to do and when to do it, following exactly what you were told to do. An internship will likely be your first opportunity to be more independent, think critically, make your own decisions about what to do next to accomplish a task or project, and grow a professional network. This internship is your opportunity to not only grow as a professional but also to figure out who you are as a professional. What do you value? What is your work style?
Explain and analyze their career goals
Use the internship to explore your career field and options. Whether you're just beginning to explore a major or career field or you've decided on a pathway but want to learn more, internships can help get you there. Being able to explain why you've chosen a particular field or job and how you know you're sure is the key to a good interview, whether for a job or graduate or professional school. Why did you choose this field? How do you know it's the right one for you?