Now that your classes are over, are you ready to put those skills that you learned into practice? IU offers a variety of different options to expand your horizons through experiential learning. This summer, build experience by taking part in one or more of the following options.
Part-time Jobs & Internships
Student Employment at Indiana University is coordinated out of the Career Development Center.
Student Employment has three primary purposes:
- To provide financial self-help so students may further their education.
- To provide work opportunities that enhance and complement classroom learning; develop new skills, responsibilities, habits, attitudes, and self-development that can be highlighted in future job searches or the graduate school application process.
- To increase interaction with faculty and the community so students may more readily adjust to university life.
Maintaining a part-time job—even a summer job—throughout your academic career shows loyalty to an organization, work ethic, ability to manage time and to multitask, and can help you prepare for career success.
Internships are a great way to “try on” a variety of skill sets and occupations. The work can be full or part time, on or off campus, paid or unpaid. Some institutions offer both credit and non-credit bearing internships. Internships integrate classroom knowledge and theory with practical application and skills developed in professional or community settings.
Volunteerism and community service can be, but is not necessarily integrated with, a particular program of study. This may include structured projects (days of service), smaller group projects, fund-raising events, or individual volunteerism, which is acknowledged by the campus.
Indiana University recently launched a new program to highlight volunteer opportunities. IU Corps is a network of IU Bloomington students, campus stakeholders, and community partners who have joined forces to create positive social change in local neighborhoods and around the world.
Civic Engagement: Civic Engagement is teaching and learning focused on educating students as global citizens. Classes or programs include meaningful civic education and activities for social good. Classes and projects have components of reflection and engagement.
If you feel it’s time to expand your horizons, increase your knowledge of another country, and learn about new cultures, study abroad might be right for you. IU offers more than 380 study abroad programs in over 50 countries. The Office of Overseas Study helps students earn IU credit by exploring educational opportunities throughout the world. One in three graduating seniors have studied abroad.