Undergraduate Career Coaching + Courses

Undergraduate Career Coaching + Courses

Come see us as soon as you’ve declared your major! We’ll get you started—and we’ll be with you every step of the way, from finding experiences that make you marketable to deciding on a career that matches your values, interests, and strengths. The greatest work you’ll ever do is loving who you are and feeling empowered by what you believe in. Let us help you translate your degree from the College of Arts and Sciences into a challenging, fulfilling career.

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Individual Career Coaching by Appointment

The Walter Center’s 10+ career coaches are ready to guide you through planning and implementing steps you’ll need to take to obtain your idea of success (which is also something they can help you define.)

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Pop into the Career Studio

Open Weekdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hard to focus at home? No room at the library? This is your space to design your life and take the next steps forward to the career of your dreams. If you’re new to planning a career, the Walter Center’s undergraduate peer coaches can guide you, however, you can use this space to just roll up your sleeves and get work done. Send us a Facebook message to virtually meet with a career coach.

⚠️ Fall 2020 Updates⚠️
All drop-in coaching via Career Studio occurs via Zoom or phone. Have unreliable internet? Visit the second floor of Ernie Pyle hall during drop-in hours to use our tech. No professional portraits will be offered in Career Studio this semester.

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Get Academic Credit While You Explore Careers

Want to learn about your career options, get ready for the job search, and build your portfolio? Interested in discovering your calling? Eager to get real-world experience—and get college credit for it? Take one of our career and internship courses.

ASCS-Q294: College to Career I: Explore Your Options
2 credits | 8 weeks | Open to all freshmen and sophomores

 

    • This course is a good fit for those who haven’t yet chosen a major or are at the very beginning stages of career exploration. In this course you will:

    • Take time to explore your interests, values, skills, and personality to see how they relate to different careers and occupational environments
    • Take time to explore your interests, values, skills, and personality to see how they relate to different careers and occupational environments
    • Familiarize yourself with campus and community resources to find experiential learning opportunities
    • Learn structured decision-making skills to help you choose a potential major or career
    • Clearly understand how your academic choices relate to your career options
ASCS-Q296: College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts and Sciences Experience
2 credits | 16 weeks | Open to all sophomores and juniors

 

    • This course will allow you to explore the relationship between your chosen field of study and life after graduation. You will explore post-graduation opportunities through the lens of marketable skills. Under the guidance of career coaches and academic advisors, you will develop a portfolio that highlights skills gained through academic coursework and co-curricular experiences. By the end of the course, you will be more fully engaged in an ongoing process of academic and career planning for post-collegiate success.

There are currently six variable topic sections of this course available in Global & International Studies, Media, Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Art, Design, and Merchandising.

ASCS-X373: Theory into Practice
1-3 credits | Varies | Open to all Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

 

Getting real-world experience should be a big part of your liberal arts + sciences education at Indiana University. There are specialized courses for some departments, but you can also receive credit through the Walter Center’s internship course, ASCS-X373. This course will complement your internship experience with reflective activities.

Disclaimer: Ask your academic advisor if this course is right for you — some departments offer internship credit and you should fulfill your department’s option first.

Eligibility Requirements for ASCS-X373:

    • Be an undergraduate student.
    • Have at least a 2.0 GPA.
    • Have at least 24 credit hours completed prior to the start of the course.
    • Have completed your department’s internship course, if applicable.

Internship Requirements for ASCS-X373:For your internship to be approved and to qualify for enrollment, your internship must meet the following criteria:

    • Internships must occur during the same semester in which you are seeking credit.
    • It must enhance your career development or offer the opportunity to apply the knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world scenarios.
    • The internship must not exist to simply advance the operations of the employer or replace the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
    • The skills and knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
    • The experience must have a designated start and end date, and a job description outlining projects, duties, and/or responsibilities; please ensure that your employer pays close attention to this requirement when approving your job description.
    • There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to your academic coursework or professional goals.
    • There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
    • There is routine feedback from the experienced supervisor.
    • There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.

Course Requirements for ASCS-X373:

If you meet the above criteria, use the information below to decide how many credit hours you would to apply for. The more credits you choose, the more hours and coursework you will be required to complete to receive a Satisfactory (S) grade in the course. Note: Once you enroll in the course you can access the syllabus in Canvas.

1 credit requires:

    • Log at least 50 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
    • Submit written and video reflections throughout the semester.
    • Write two 500-word essays, to be collected at the midway point of your internship and during your final week of work.
    • Any additional assignments as dictated by your instructor.

2 credits require:

    • Log at least 100 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
    • Submit written and video reflections throughout the semester.
    • Write two 750-word essays, to be collected at the midway point of your internship and during your final week of work.
    • Any additional assignments as dictated by your instructor.

3 credits require:

    • Log at least 150 hours of work at your internship site during the semester in which you are receiving credit.
    • Submit written and video reflections throughout the semester.
    • Write two 1,000-word essays, to be collected at the midway point of your internship and during your final week of work.
    • Any additional assignments as dictated by your instructor.

Note: The maximum number of credits hours you can earn for an internship is three credits, regardless of the number of hours you work. You cannot exceed six lifetime credit hours of ASCS-X373/X375 enrollment. You cannot earn credit for an internship you’ve already completed.

Grades assigned to ASCS-X373 are Satisfactory (S) or Fail (F). The course fees for ASCS-X373 are the same as any other credit-bearing course. Read more about grades and calculate your semester fees at Student Central.

ASCS-X375: Full-Time Internship
1-3 credits | Varies | Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors

This course provides students with Full-Time Student Status while working in a full-time, 40 hours per week internship. It can be helpful for loans and scholarships that require students to be a ‘Full-Time Student.’ Please speak with your scholarship or loan provider to determine necessary status required to receive aid.

All eligibility, internship, and course requirements are identical to ASCS-X373 — see above for details.

Please contact Justin Zuschlag at jzuschla@indiana.edu or (812)-855-0577 with questions about ASCS-X375.


Learn the 4 Keys to Career Success

Angela Lexmond, one of our career coaches, walks through the Keys to Career Success — vital steps that ensure you achieve your post-graduation goals.