Internships and Experiential Learning

  • Our Interns Go Amazing Places

    We’re big on internships, because we know they make a big difference.

    Real-world opportunities are waiting for you! You could be the one to spend a summer with the video team at Tesla or as a junior curator at the Smithsonian Institution. You get career-building experience and maybe even more. From a safety science internship at Georgia-Pacific to an accounting internship at Deloitte, IUP internships often turn into job offers.

    An average of 73 percent of interns are offered full-time positions.

    Opportunities Close to Campus or Close to Home

    You don’t always have to travel far to find opportunities that can take you far in your career. Some are a few blocks from campus, so you can split your time with classes, or close to home, saving you money on housing.

    Jess Arroyo

    Jess Arroyo, who was a history/pre-law major, found direction for her career during her internship at the Public Defender’s Office in the Indiana Courthouse, just blocks from IUP.

    Emilee Howells

    Emilee Howells interned with the Borough of Indiana, a short walk from campus and an easy drive from her home, designing a county rainfall dashboard to share current data, including monthly rainfall charts, annual precipitation, and average monthly precipitation.

    Julia Waters

    Julia Waters went from an internship in hospitality management at the Hilton Garden Inn beside campus to a front desk supervisor position for a Hilton Garden Inn in Nashville.

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    Footlight Players, a summer youth theater program at IUP, usually offers several internship opportunities that attract theater, dance, and education majors.

    Make Your Move—Go Far to Get the Internship You Want

    Want the adventure of going somewhere farther away? A world of possibilities awaits.

    Tyler Campbell Safety Sciences Internship with Tesla

    Tyler Campbell spent his summer internship at Tesla in California, working with safety engineers for the cutting-edge car manufacturer to improve safety practices for workers.

    Caitlin Birch with the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Caitlin Birch’s internship in community relations with the Pittsburgh Penguins included writing content for the foundation’s website, organizing charitable projects, and helping with game-day promotions for more than 17,000 attendees.

    Craig Bonds is attending the Harrisburg Internship Semester

    Craig Bonds gained experience to fit his political science major and pre-law minor by interning for the state House Minority Leader in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

    Hannah Colen TWC

    Through the Washington Center’s academic program, Hannah Colen worked for the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler Museum as their digital media intern—what she describes as one of the best experiences of her life.

    David Harkleroad

    David Harkleroad, went from a history internship that his professors helped him apply for to a job for the National Park Service at Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

    How to Find the Right Internship for You

    Finding the right internship for you takes a little planning, but we’re here to help. IUP has plenty of sites already lined up—places that have had IUP interns in the past and are eager for more. Trying for somewhere new? We can help with that, too.

    • Start thinking about it early. Think about the direction you want your career to go and aim for an internship that puts you on that path.
    • Talk with your advisor, professors, and the staff at the Career and Professional Development Center to learn about options that fit your goals and any possible funding sources to support your internship.
    • You can also look for internships on Handshake or consider Parker Dewey micro internships, which are paid opportunities that can be completed year-round.
    • Decide if you want to take the internship for college credit or as non-credit. Talk to the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about how those options impact your aid and how financial aid could help you to fund your internship.
    • Check with your advisor and the department office for your major about any internship guidelines you must follow.
    • The Career and Professional Development Center can help you with preparing for internship interviews and writing a professional resume.
    • Watch out for application deadlines and forms for the internship sites and for IUP.
    • Apply for several internship options. Try not to focus on just your first choice. Your third choice may turn out to be a fantastic opportunity that leads to a job!

    In addition to internship opportunities, our students enjoy other hands-on learning experiences:

    Employers Seeking IUP Interns:

    Please post internships on Handshake. Internship sites must be approved prior to an IUP student being approved for the internship. That site approval may take as long as 45 days or more. Internship agreements are coordinated through the IUP Office of Extended Studies.