Internship and Job Search

The Center for Career and Professional Development provides resources for all students and alumni to assist with their internship or job searches. Gaining work experience while you’re a student is an essential aspect of preparing to land a permanent position. Internships are one of the best ways to gain experience.

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Through utilizing the Center for Career and Professional Development, I have been able to connect with employers, perfect my writing samples, and find internships — all things that helped me accomplish my goals.  The Center for Career and Professional Development has had a big impact on the trajectory of my college career and preparing me for the future. I recommend all students at VU to take advantage of all the resources available to them through the Center for Career and Professional Development.

-Lem C. ’22


  • In simplest terms, internships are chances to put your classroom learning to work in a real-world setting. Internships are useful for all students, regardless of your academic and occupational interests. Internships are a perfect opportunity to gain experience.
  • Internships typically last one semester or a summer. Many students do more than one internship, usually with different employers.
  • Internships can be paid or unpaid; the specifics usually depend on the employer.
  • Some students receive academic credit for their internships, but this isn’t always the case. Check with your academic department for specific details.
  • Some academic departments require you to complete an internship; check with your department and advisor.

An effective way to learn about internships is through the Center for Career and Professional Development’s online resources and to meet with a Center for Career and Professional Development staff member. Staff members are available for one-on-one appointments to work through the phases associated with finding an internship — from brainstorming ideas and contacting employers to preparing for interviews.

View internship opportunities in Handshake.

Ascend provides assistance with finding internships in Indiana.

Work and Learn Indiana is also an excellent source for current internship openings around Indiana.

If you hope to receive academic credit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Get approval from your academic department prior to beginning the internship.
  • Be prepared to complete academic work, such as a journal, and submit it at the end of the internship.
  • All credit-bearing internships must have an on-campus supervisor, usually in your department.