Earn Internship Credit

When it comes to finding your passion, experience is everything.

Getting real-world experience should be a big part of your liberal arts education at IU. Internship courses make it possible to earn academic credit for your internship. You can apply to enroll in one or more of these courses to maintain part- or full-time student status as you complete your internship.

And, thanks to the generosity of College of Arts + Sciences alumni, you can also apply for internship scholarships to help cover the costs.


Internship Scholarships

Applications for Fall 2021 are due August 1, 2021.

The Walter Center for Career Achievement is excited to offer over $100,000 in scholarships to College of Arts + Sciences students! These funds help defray the cost of travel, housing, and other expenses during an internship. By completing the application, you will be considered for each scholarship the Walter Center has to offer.

Unsure if you should apply? We urge you to submit an application anyway and email iuwalter@iu.edu with your concerns.

Details & Requirements

Available Scholarships
There are several scholarships available. By completing the application, you will be considered for each scholarship the Walter Center has to offer.

  • Ralph Walter Internship Scholarship supports College of Arts + Sciences students pursuing summer internships across industries. Funding is not available to students graduating prior to completing their internship.
  • Larry D. and Shelley M. Singell Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship supports College of Arts + Sciences students pursuing summer internships across industries. Funding is not available to students graduating prior to completing their internship.
  • Lawrence M Blatt Life Sciences Internship Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate life science majors in the College of Arts + Sciences who are pursuing internships at a life science company or institution. Students must intern with a life science company or an organization focused on life science, but it is not required for the internship to have a strict scientific focus.
  • Lewis E. Wright Memorial Internship Scholarship supports undergraduate students in the College of Arts + Sciences who have secured internships with non-profit organizations outside of Indiana University.
  • Steve and Jane Malashock Fine Arts Internship Scholarship supports undergraduate students in the College of Arts + Sciences who are pursuing internships with arts organizations in relation to art, design, or art history. Preference is given to studio art majors, then art history, fashion design, and apparel merchandising majors.
  • Suzy Kriscunas Internship Scholarship Fund supports College of Arts + Sciences students pursuing internships across industries. Funding is not available to students graduating prior to completing their internship.
  • Tracy Gardner Internship Scholarship supports College of Arts and Sciences pursuing summer internships. Preference will be given to students working for non-profit organizations.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship supports College of Arts + Sciences students pursuing internships across industries. Funding is not available to students graduating prior to completing their internship.

Eligibility Requirements
  • You will need a signed internship offer from your internship site. You can apply and email this letter to iuwalter@iu.edu later. However, internship funding is dependent on this document, so don’t forget to send it!
  • You must complete the internship before your graduation date.
  • Spring/Summer/Fall internships must take place during the respective term.
  • You must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in the College of Arts + Sciences
  • Students must complete an online application– which requires contact information for the intern’s supervisor and a brief job description outlining the projects, tasks, and goals related to the internship opportunity.
  • If you are pursuing an internship abroad, we recommend that you read these guidelines from the Office of Overseas Study.

Selection Process
  1. Students submit a completed scholarship application.
  2. Applications are reviewed by the Walter Center for Career Achievement after scholarship deadlines have passed.
  3. Internship employers are contacted by the Walter Center for Career Achievement to verify the internship opportunity.
  4. Students are notified of approval or rejection. Upon approval, a signed offer letter from the internship provider is required.
  5. Funds are distributed through the student’s bursar account.
  6. Approved students are contacted after completing their internship and asked to share their experiences.

Please note that internships completed at an Indiana University office or organization will not receive funding priority.

Open Scholarship Application


Internship Course Credit

Open and Close Dates: Spring: Nov. 5 – Feb. 1 • Summer: March 5 – June 1 • Fall: May 7 – Oct 1

Before submitting your application for internship credit, please read the Frequently Asked Questions below. You’ll need to know which course you are applying for, so please ask your academic advisor which course is right for you — some departments offer internship credit and you should fulfill your department’s option first.

How to Submit an Application

  1. Go to https://app.joinhandshake.com/experiences, choose Indiana University-Bloomington if prompted, and log in with your IU email and passphrase.
  2. Click the blue Request an Experience button
  3. On the following page, use Experience Type to choose the relevant course. Use Term to select your chosen semester.
  4. Complete all of the remaining fields
  5. Click the green Request Experience button on the bottom of the page! You’ll be taken to a page that displays your newly-completed application.

And voilà! You’ll receive an email to confirm your application and in 2-5 weeks you’ll be notified of the application’s approval or denial. Click the above button again and select your pending experience to check up on your application at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Course Should I Apply For?
Ask your academic advisor which course is right for you — some departments offer internship credit and you should fulfill your department’s option first.

How to See the Status of Your Application
Log in to Handshake using your IU email and passphrase. From the top navigation of Handshake, select the Career Center button on the top right. On the Indiana University-Bloomington page, select the Experiences button. From here, you should see any submitted experiences and their current status.

What to Do if Your Application is Rejected
If your application is rejected, you will receive an e-mail from Handshake that says “Experience Approval Halted.” The e-mail will include any additional information the course instructor or internship site supervisor included in their rejection. If you’d like to resubmit your application with suggested changes from the course instructor or internship supervisor, contact us at iuwalter@indiana.edu or (812)-856-4278 and we can restart your approval process.

What to Do if Your Application is Approved / How to Register for a Course
Once your application has been approved, the Walter Center will provide instructions via your IU email account on how to register for your course.

How Long Does Approval Take?
The length of time it takes for your application to be approved is dependent upon your supervisor’s response time. We recommend you tell your supervisor to look for an email from Handshake and click the link.

Calculate Cost of Internship Credit
The course fees for internship courses are the same as any other credit-bearing course. Calculate semester fees in Student Central.

Please contact iuwalter@indiana.edu or (812) 856-4278 with any questions or concerns.