School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Student Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking about an Internship?

What are the Benefits of Completing an Internship?

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1. Apply academic coursework to the professional world


Have you ever sat in class and wondered how what you’re learning actually works in the real world?  Or thought that it can’t possibility work outside of the classroom?  Internships allow you to apply your academic coursework in the professional world, finding areas where academics get it right and wrong!

2. Explore Career Interests

Many students know that they’re majoring in the right field, but aren’t sure what they want to do with that major after graduation.  The primary benefit of majoring in the areas of study within Humanities and Social Sciences is that they offer flexibility in pursuing a number of career options.  An internship is a great opportunity to “try on” a career for a semester.  You may find that the internship you complete is exactly what you want to do after you graduate.  More importantly, however, you might learn that what you spent a semester on is not what you want to do for the rest of your life.  Either way, you will have explored potential careers, gained valuable experience for your resume, and narrowed your future plans.

3. Enhance Responsibility and Transferable Skills

Employers look for potential employees that hold not only job related, but also transferable skills.  These transferable skills are just that, they can transfer from one job to another, even if your new position is unrelated to anything you have done before.  In an internship, you may learn to adapt to new situations, anticipate problems, assess new situations, communicate, coordinate activities, cope with deadlines, design projects, follow directions, locate information, prepare and process information, solve problems, take instructions, think ahead, and work quickly. 

4. Grow your professional network

According to Matt Youngquist, the president of Career Horizons, a job search firm, “at least 70 percent, if not 80 percent, of jobs are not published” on online job boards, in the papers, or through other formal sources (Source: NPR).  Instead, finding a job may be more about whom you know than where you look.  While it is still important to search for jobs in the traditional sources, building a strong professional network opens you up to opportunities you may have never known about.

5. Gain possible Full-Time employment

It is not unheard of for internships to turn into an offer of full-time employment, especially if you perform especially well during your time on the job.  In fact, recent surveys have found that more than 56 percent of employers make full-time offers to their interns.  Remember, you are performing a job for which the company or organization has a need.  Consider the internship a test run for full-time employment--many employers are.

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What Will I Do?

Ultimately, the nature of the work will depend on the needs of the organization you are placed with and the skills that you bring to the table.  However, interns may help:

  • Design projects
  • Develop marketing strategies
  • Write reports or newsletters
  • Perform educational or outreach tasks
  • Develop presentations,
  • Maintain databases, or create websites. 
  • While some secondary tasks, like answering phones or helping with mailings might be necessary, they should not make up the bulk of your time. 

You may want to take time before you apply for any internship to decide what you want to get out of the experience.  Internships are a real responsibility and they will help you to gain marketable skills that will be exciting to future employers and graduate schools.  Students who are proactive about asking for new assignments and challenging projects will gain the most out of their internship, so having a clear idea of what you want to gain, before you start, is valuable.

How Do I find an Internship?

Internships can be found a number of ways:

  • Visit CareerLink-  CareerLink is IU East's resource for internships, full-time and part-time work.  You'll need to sign in with your IU East Username and Passphrase to access.
  • Talk with your professors about opportunities. One of the best ways to hear about an internship is by asking!  Many of our professors have connections locally, nationally, and internationally depending on your area of interest.  Need help finding a faculty member in your area of interest?  Contact your HSS Academic Advisor.
  • Contact IU East Career Services to determine if there are any opportunities available from our Career Advisor.
  • You can do your own research: is a resource for Indiana residents IndianaInternLogolooking for internship opportunities throughout the state.
  • Not local?  No problem!  Other internship website resources include:

What is the Internship Process?

We invite you to review the internship process details on these webpages: Distance Education Students: Internshp Process Quick Guide or On-Campus Students: Internship Process Quick Guide.  Always feel free to contact your HSS Academic Advisor if you need assistance walking through the process.  We're here to help!

Can I Earn Academic Credit?

Many HSS majors grant academic credit for completing an internship, credit which may meet major or elective requirements.  Just think, you can get closer to graduation and gain valuable work experience at the same time!  If you are interested in earning credit for an internship, you should make sure to contact your HSS Academic Advisor or a professor within your major area.  They’ll be able to provide you with more information about the requirements of earning credit and how to register for the correct course.

However, you don’t have to pay tuition and earn credit for an internship.  Currently, non-credit earning internships do not appear on your transcript, but they still help to build your resume.

Are There Any Specific Requirements?

While requirements may vary from program to program, Indiana University East requires the following guidelines for all student interns.  In order to be placed in an internship, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled and seeking a degree at Indiana University East.
  • Have reached junior or senior standing (exceptions when appropriate).
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Some placements may have higher GPA requirements.
  • Participate in a resume critique by the Career Services Office.
  • Permission or approval from an academic major faculty supervisor, Teacher of Record (in order to register and receive academic credit).

Are There Paid Internships?

While many non-profit organizations and small businesses do not have the resources to pay interns, there are some positions which offer an hourly wage or EarnIndianalogostipend. If you receive Indiana State Work Study Funds you may be eligible to complete a paid internship through EARN Indiana.  Please visit to determine if you are eligible for these funds.

Even if you cannot find a paid internship, do not discount the opportunity.  Many internships turn into positions after graduation.  The temporary unpaid nature of your work is a priceless learning experience.

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