Get Experience

Prepare for your future by experiencing life

There’s only so much you can learn in the classroom. To get the most out of your IU education, you’ve got to step out into the world and do.

IU provides you with plenty of opportunities to put your knowledge to the test—both on campus and off.

3,100+IU Bloomington students study abroad each year

61%of students complete an internship or field experience

Broaden your horizons through community service

Two students give a high five at the IU Dance Marathon.
Students watch as an instructor repots a plant.

Serve on campus

When you volunteer your time, you learn new skills, meet new people, and get real-world experience.

There are dozens of service-oriented and philanthropic student organizations at IU. Whether you want to help children, people of differing abilities, or animals, you’re sure to find an organization that matches your interests.

Find a community service organization on campus

Help in the community

Bloomington is a small city with a big heart. As such, it offers a myriad of opportunities for volunteering.

Feed the hungry. Work at the Boys and Girls Club. Help stamp out sexual violence. There’s a cause for everyone—and every cause needs you.

Browse Bloomington volunteer opportunities

And get a jump start on your career

There’s a good reason so many IU students complete at least one internship: they lead to jobs.

In 2014, 65 percent of U.S. interns received full-time job offers from their employers.

Many degree programs require you to complete at least one internship in order to graduate. But even if yours doesn’t, you should get out there and work.

Completing an internship is a great way to see how the things you've learned in the classroom translate to career skills. Plus, you'll earn the valuable, real-world experience you need to make your resume shine.

Learn more about internship opportunities at IU
Noelle Gipson

Although I didn’t come to IU with a passport, I am leaving with a passport with more than one stamp of a foreign nation.

Noelle Gipson, who studied public and nonprofit management