Internships and Career Preparation

August 5th, 2014

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is working to build a culture of internships for our students.  Beginning in the fall, HSS students will have additional opportunities to pursue both paid and unpaid internships, while earning credit towards graduation.

These opportunities are available through a combination of HSS Strategic Investment funds and the new EARN Indiana program sponsored by the state of Indiana.  EARN Indiana replaces the state’s work study program and will provide matching funds for businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and state and local government organizations when they hire qualifying students as interns.

One of the newly created opportunities for the fall semester is a Special Events and Volunteer Recruitment internship with Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana, which has recently been approved by the EARN Indiana program.  The student who accepts the position will work to plan the Sporting Clays Tournament and Bowl-a-Thon, assist in board meeting preparation, help with volunteer recruitment, and manage the sponsorship database. Students can learn more about this and other opportunities at indianaintern.net.

The importance of experiential learning has grown in recent years and internships allow students to apply their academic coursework to the professional world, explore their career interests, and enhance their transferable skills.  Recent research has found that more than 70 percent of jobs are not published through traditional means, so network building is an essential need for current students.  Additionally, nationwide surveys have found internships boost starting salaries, shorten the time it takes to find a job after graduation, and sometimes lead to full-time employment.

If you are interested in hosting an intern at your organization, please contact Katie Chaney at kabaldwi@iue.edu.