Sophomore Internship Program

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The Sophomore Internship Program (SIP) is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply their academic coursework in a paid internship experience. Students are placed in professional internships with local industry partners. This program targets sophomore students of all majors and provides supportive services throughout the application process and internship experience.

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I am learning skills that most don't learn at this point in their education/career.

Jasmine Jackson, fall 2021 intern

What it’s like to be an SIP intern

Each year, SIP has a group of around 20 interns at 10–20 different internship sites. We have opportunities throughout the semester to meet and to talk with other interns to compare experiences and to share what you're learning.

The interns working right now represent 20 different majors, spanning nine schools on the IUPUI campus. They have a few virtual meetings and reflect on their internship experience with an online portfolio. They also present their work at the end of the semester as a part of the SIP Internship Showcase during Engaged Learning Week. It's a great way to show off what you've learned and to be recognized for your hard work. 

Through your internship work and program workshops, you will:

  • Think about and express who you are as a teammate and professional right now and who you would like to be in the future
  • Do career-related, hands-on work and explore different job and career options
  • Decide what you want to do next and make a plan for what you need to do to reach your goals
  • Be a productive and thoughtful part of a professional team

Many interns stay at their internship site as a part-time job they can keep until graduation. You'll be prepared to take on more responsibility at your site and be a leader in the workplace. Even if you choose to move on to another experience after SIP, you'll carry those skills and leadership abilities with you to other internship and job opportunities.

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Join our group of interns to learn skills, explore career options, and grow as a professional.

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Program requirements

Being an SIP intern is more than just working a few hours at an internship site for a semester. We'll spend the semester helping you think about your career options, explore who you are as a professional, and reflect on your learning and growth through the semester. 

By taking part in SIP, you agree to participate in our required activities and reflections, which include:

  • Set your goals for the semester and revise them throughout your experience.
  • Talk with other interns about what you're learning about yourself and the professional workplace.
  • Meet with the SIP coordinator and your supervisor to discuss your growth
  • Create an online portfolio discussing your your career goals, your internship, and what you're learning. This is great to share later with people writing you letters of recommendations and applying for future internships and jobs.
  • Showcase everything you've learned at the end of the semester; we also have activities and worksheets to prepare you to break down this task into smaller, more manageable deadlines.

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Words of advice

"Be open-minded and enjoy the work environment. It's very friendly and open. Communication works wonders."

Claire Smith, fall 2021 intern

How this works

As a part of SIP, you are supported from the application through the end of the internship. We hold information sessions and other opportunities for you to receive help with the application.

After you're selected for an interview, we will meet to discuss expectations and what you can do to prepare. After you're matched with a site, we hold orientation and other workshops throughout the year to make sure you're getting the most out of your experience.

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Sophomore Internship Program Events

Contact us

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

Hours and appointments

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 

  • Interns may schedule an appointment using the Student Appointment Scheduler.
  • Potential applicants may schedule an appointment by emailing or calling the office.

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