What is an internship?

An internship can be a paid or unpaid work experience that concentrates in a field of study or career interest. It typically offers work specific to these. This can be a rewarding opportunity to discover where you want to take your future as you apply your personal interests to a work environment. Plus, internships are excellent to include on a resume.

When can I do an internship?

You can do an internship anytime during your undergraduate career. Internships can be an essential experience to discover what you like and dislike about your current career choice or field of study. It can give insight about what work culture you prefer, how you like to work (hands-on or indirectly), and how you want to continue in that career or choose another.

On-Campus Internship Program

The On-Campus Internship Program allows students an opportunity to gain quality internship experience in areas directly related to their academic programs. This program features paid internships that grant students a chance to explore their desired career pathway.

What is OCIP?

The On-Campus Internship Program is an opportunity for students to explore their interests and encounter real-world experiences. The On-Campus Internship Program offers paid internships that are located on campus. While in the program, students develop professional skills, network, and enhance industry-related knowledge. 

Here are some of the benefits of participating in the On-Campus Internship Program:

  • Be exposed to a professional work environment
  • Become oriented to workplace expectations and cultures
  • Create a professional network
  • Earn experience on your IUPUI Experiential and Applied Learning Record
  • Explore career interests
  • Gain relevant work experience that can link to a future career path

Professional development

The professional development component provides resources for students to learn about careers they're interested in. This is measured through a point system. Interns have the ability to choose how they procure points based on their personal needs. Below is an outline of the point system:

1 Point


Career Services Appointments—Students can earn 1 point for each career services appointment scheduled and attended. This could include resume or cover letter review, job search appointment, or career development advising. Online resume and cover letter review submission does not qualify. 

2 Points


Informational or Mock Interview—Students can conduct an information interview or do a mock interview with a professional for 2 points. This should be done with a professional outside of a career services office. 

2 Points


Job Shadowing—Students can choose to job shadow at any organization or with any professional in the community of their interest for 2 points each. 

3 Points


Public Showcase (required)—Students are required to publicly present on what they have learned and worked on at the end of their internship experience. They have several formats they can choose from and may create a showcase that relates to their experience. The points earned for the showcase will count toward the total of 12 points needed. 

3 Points


Workshops—Workshops will be provided by the Office of Student Employment every other month. Each workshop students attend will be worth 3 points. Students may request credit toward workshops outside of the Office of Student Employment as well. 

3 Points


Events—Students will receive 3 points for any career development events attended. This could include career fairs, Fall Career Week events, or school-specific career approved events. 

After earning 12 points and completing a year within their internship, the On-Campus Internship Program will be indicated on their IUPUI Experiential and Applied Learning Record

Check out the 2019–2020 public showcases to hear what students have learned from their internship roles.


How do I find an internship within the program?

Just like applying for any jobs for jags, positions can be found on Handshake! Look for postings with "On-Campus Internship Program" in the position title. 

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Frequently asked questions

There are two timelines for the On-Campus Internship Program. Some internships will start in August and end in May. Others will start in January and end in December (including the summer term). 

To qualify for the program, students should follow these guidelines:

  • Cannot be graduating during the academic year in which they are participating. As a result, seniors do not qualify for the program.
  • Must be enrolled in 12 credits or more.
  • Must have at least a GPA of 2.5.

Beyond the program-specific requirements, students should review the job description for the internship they are applying for to determine position specific qualifications. 

Student interns generally work no more than 15 hours per week. However, we recommend asking the department if you would like to know their specific expectations regarding required hours.  

If interns do not complete the professional development requirements, the On-Campus Internship Program will not be recorded on their IUPUI Experiential and Applied Learning Record, nor will they receive certification of completion from the Office of Student Employment.

No. It is not a hiring requirement for students to have a federal work-study award in this program. 

Like applying for any jobs for Jags, students can apply for internships through Handshake. Log in to Handshake with your IU credentials to start searching.

When you apply for internships through Handshake, position titles will have "On-Campus Internship Program" next to them. These indicate that they are a part of the program.

All positions in the program will include additional information about the program within the job description.

Students should speak with their academic advisor to determine which class is best for them based on their program of study. If you have further questions, contact Lauren DeHaan, the program coordinator.

Yes; however, students cannot be in the same position for more than one year. We encourage students to apply for another position within the program if they wish to acquire another On-Campus Internship Program experience for their IUPUI Experiential and Applied Learning Record.