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Internship Search Strategies

Why do you need a "search strategy"? 80% of all internship & job opportunities are never posted online, they are part of the hidden job market. Some opportunities don't even exist until a student meets with a professional and they realize that they could establish a mutually beneficial working relationship.

  • Start by determine your internship goals, and think about what you can do to make the most of your internship.

  • Search internship, job, or volunteer opportunity databases - to find an opening or to get ideas about the types of experiences you can create via networking. Check out the links below.

  • Network your way into an internship experience - start with a letter or cold-call and work your way up to informational interviews and job-shadowing.

  • Volunteer your way into an internship. Demonstrate your reliability, initiative, and value to a professional or organization by taking on an entry-level volunteer position and, over time, you may work your way into a very valuable role. Explore over 150 Volunteering Opportunities of Interest to Psychology Majors.

Career Development Center internship search resources for all career fields:

Internship & Job Search Databases:

  • Check out myIUcareers - a database of full-time, part-time, seasonal, work-study, and internship positions. Some postings are exclusively for IU students and thousands more positions appear from Internships.com, MonsterCollege, CareerBuilder and more.
  • The IU Career Guides helps students research career fields, professional associations, internships, and job openings and more in 24 career interest areas including: Counseling, Helping, and Social Services; Education; Entertainment and Sports; Healthcare; Human Resources and Training; Law; Life Science; Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations; Nonprofit, Philanthropy, and Fundraising; Business, Finance, and Management; Sales; Social Science; Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Planning; and more!
  • The Part-Time and Summer Jobs page from the Career Development Center has helpful resources for you!

Get help setting goals & searching:

The Hutton Honors College administers grant programs to support internship opportunities for highly-motivated undergraduates. Learn more about the Pre-Professional Experience Internship Grant, International Experiences Program Grant, and Teaching Internship Grant.

Internship search resources - Behavioral, Educational or Recreational Therapy

Resources that might help you find a site where you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career in Behavioral, Educational or Recreational Therapy --

Psychological & Brain Sciences Resources:

Career Development Center Resources:

  • The IU Career Guides helps students research career fields, professional associations, internships, and job openings and more in 24 career interest areas including: Counseling, Helping, and Social Services; Education; Healthcare; Nonprofit, Philanthropy, and Fundraising; Social Science and more!

You can earn P493/P494 credit as a research assistant in the IU School of Education's Academic Well Check Program. Read about the AWCP Undergraduate Research Experience and contact the AWCP team for more information. If you are accepted to the AWCP team then contact Dr. Hoffman (hoffmanc [at] indiana.edu) to enroll for P493/P494 credit.

The Journey Fellowship Students Program is a campus-based program for students pursuing careers in or related to youth development. Students participate in retreats and experiences over a year to explore themselves and career options in the field of youth work.

Bradford Woods offers therapeutic recreation.

Bloomington Parks & Recreation offers inclusive recreation programs for individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions and the elderly.

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Internship search resources - Business

Resources that might help you find a site where you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career in business -

Psychological & Brain Sciences Resources:

Career Development Center Resources:

  • The IU Career Guides helps students research career fields, professional associations, internships, and job openings and more in 24 career interest areas including: Human Resources and Training; Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations; Nonprofit, Philanthropy, and Fundraising; Business, Finance, and Management; Sales; Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Planning; and more!

Kelley School of Business Resources for psychology & neuroscience majors:

If you are accepted into the Liberal Arts Management Program (LAMP), you'll have access to a variety of career development resources.

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Internship search resources - Entertainment or Media

Resources that might help you find a site at which you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career in entertainment or media --

Career Development Center Resources:

  • The IU Career Guides helps students research career fields, professional associations, internships, and job openings and more in 24 career interest areas including: Entertainment and Sports; Performing Arts and more!

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Internship search resources - Government, Public Policy, and Law

Resources that might help you find a site where you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career in government, public policy, or law --

Career Development Center Resources:

  • The IU Career Guides helps students research career fields, professional associations, internships, and job openings and more in 24 career interest areas including: Law and Government, Politics and Public Service.

Health Professions Pre-Law Center (HPPLC) Resources:

  • Call 812.855.1873 to make an appointment to talk with a HPPLC law advisor to talk about your many options for gaining career-relevant experience!
  • HPPLC has a really good internship page with links to Indiana Department of Corrections, Notre Dame Legal Aide Clinic and more.
  • HPPLC archived a nice internship page from the IU Political Science department with descriptions of great programs at Indiana State & House, INPIRG, The Washington Center, World Food Programme, AFSCME/UNCF Union Scholars Program, and more. (Some of the links on this page have aged -- if a program sounds interested and the link doesn't work, then Google the program to find the updated link.)

SPEA houses the IU in DC Programs which welcome students from all majors! Have you always dreamed of a career in government, public affairs, health care policy, or the non-profit sector? Can you think of nothing more exciting than spending a semester living, learning, and working in Washington, D.C., one of the country's most dynamic and exciting cities? Are you looking for programs that offer all this and more? Check out IU in DC for information about internships at The White House, The Wilderness Society, the Washington Leadership Program (WLP), and Health Policy Leadership Program (HPLP) Internships.

Career-relevant internship opportunities in Bloomington include agencies such as those listed below:

Check out:

If you want to interview an attorney to learn more about their career and inquire about volunteer or internship positions for undergraduates you might want to try Legal Services Organization of Indiana

You might want to also keep an eye on the Criminal Justice Blogspot for announcements about opportunities.

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Internship search resources - Medicine & Allied Health Careers

Resources that might help you find a site where you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career in medicine or an allied health field --

Psychological & Brain Sciences Resources:

Career Development Center Resources:

  • The online IU Career Guides - 24 career interest areas including: Healthcare and more!

Health Professions Pre-Law Center (HPPLC) Resources:

  • Call 812.855.1873 to make an appointment to talk with a HPPLC pre-medical or allied health field advisor to talk about strategies for gaining career-relevant experience!
  • HPPLC has a really good internship page with links to research experiences that are very appropriate for pre-med students.

Emergency Department Shadowing Program at IU

  • Look for the Emergency Department Shadowing Program at IU on myInvolvement.

Indiana Collegiate Emergency Medical Service (IC-EMS)

  • The mission of IC-EMS is to educate and provide emergency medical care to the Indiana University Community. We provide event medical coverage for other student organizations here at IU, as well as local organizations in Bloomington. We provide free CPR and First Aid American Heart Association certification classes for our members, so no certifications are required to join. IC-EMS is also state certified through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) as a non-transport basic life support (BLS) EMS, composed of emergency medical technicians (EMT) and individuals certified in CPR and First Aid. Also look for IC-EMS on myInvolvement.

IU Health Resources:

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Internship search resources - Mental Health Careers

Resources that might help you find a site where you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career in mental health --

Psychological & Brain Sciences Resources:

Career Development Center Resources:

  • online IU Career Guides - 24 career interest areas including: Counseling, Helping, and Social Services; Healthcare and more!

If you want to interview a practitioner to learn more about their career and inquire about volunteer or internship positions for undergraduates you might want to try:

Databases with internship & career opportunities in this field. Be aware! The vast majority of listings for "psychology intern" are for students who are several years into a graduate (master's or doctoral level) program.

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Internship search resources - Non-Profit Organizations

Resources that might help you find a site where you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career with a non-profit organization --

Psychological & Brain Sciences Resources:

Career Development Center Resources:

  • The online IU Career Guides - 24 career interest areas including: Counseling, Helping, and Social Services; Nonprofit, Philanthropy, and Fundraising and more!

School of Public & Environmental Affairs Resources:

  • IU is one of 70 universities or colleges in the U.S. that offers a certificate from the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance program - formerly American Humanics. The mission of this program is to prepare and certify future nonprofit professionals to work with America's youth and families. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program that prepares students for nonprofit careers and collaborates with the local agencies of our National Nonprofit Partners in providing internship and placement opportunities.
  • The IU in DC Programs welcome students from all majors! Have you always dreamed of a career in government, public affairs, health care policy, or the non-profit sector? Can you think of nothing more exciting than spending a semester living, learning, and working in Washington, D.C., one of the country's most dynamic and exciting cities? Are you looking for programs that offer all this and more? Check out IU in DC for information about internships at The White House, The Wilderness Society, the Washington Leadership Program (WLP), and Health Policy Leadership Program (HPLP) Internships.

Non-Profit Organization Internship/Job Databases:

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Internship search resources - Psychological & Brain Sciences

Resources that might help you find a site where you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career in Psychological & Brain Sciences -

PBS Resources:

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Internship search resources - Social Services

Resources that might help you find a site where you can volunteer, work, or intern if you are interested in a career in social services -

Psychological & Brain Sciences Resources:

Career Development Center Resources:

  • The online IU Career Guides - 24 career interest areas including: Counseling, Helping, and Social Services and Nonprofit, Philanthropy, and Fundraising and more!

School of Public & Environmental Affairs Resources:

  • IU is one of 70 universities or colleges in the U.S. that offers a certificate from the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance program - formerly American Humanics. The mission of this program is to prepare and certify future nonprofit professionals to work with America's youth and families. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program that prepares students for nonprofit careers and collaborates with the local agencies of our National Nonprofit Partners in providing internship and placement opportunities.

Social Services Internship/Job Databases:

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