Internships and co-ops translate classroom theory into application and provide a practical framework for subsquent academic coursework. Additionally, internships and co-ops enhance your resume, provide networking opportunities and may even lead to a permanent position.
Most internships and co-ops require only 150 hours of professional work per semester. Many academic departments offer program credit for internships and co-ops. Most students are eligible for GENS 399 - Field Experience through Career Services for one to three credit hours and as little as 50 worksite hours. Internship assignments will include goals, a journal, student and employer evaluations and a final report.
To qualify for a general internship, a student must have completed at least one semester at USI and be a student in good standing. To qualify for an internship with earned credit in your major, criteria specific to that major must be met. Those requirements vary according to the major and may include a minimum GPA and prerequisite classes. A internship coordinator can help you determine if you qualify.
If you are interested in an internship, register with Career Services, and schedule an appointment with the appropriate internship coordinator. Visit the Career Services office located in the lower level of the Orr Center, Room 074.
Prepare for a competitive search. Internships and co-ops aren't guaranteed. A strong resume and polished interview skills are essential to landing the job.
During your scheduled appointment, an internship coordinator will discuss options with you. Prior to your scheduled appointment, view internship and co-op opportunities online through Eagle Career Launch.
Bring to the appointment a copy of your most up-to-date resume. No resume? To help you get started, get a sample resume in our office or online. Most employers will require a resume to consider a student for an internship.
The University of Southern Indiana has been awarded a grant through the Lilly Endowment and has designated a portion of the grant to assist Indiana employers in funding internship and co-operative education opportunities. More Information.