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.

#6in the nation for studying abroad

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.

Service state of mind

When you volunteer, you gain important skills, meet new people, and get real-world experience.

There are dozens of service-oriented, advocacy-based, and philanthropic student organizations at IU. Whether you want to mentor kids, combat food insecurity, or even work with animals, the IU Corps service network can connect you with meaningful service opportunities both on and off campus.

Community volunteerism

Bloomington is a small city with a big heart—and hundreds of service opportunities.

Through Volunteer Central, find all Bloomington Volunteer Network, Center for Rural Engagement, and Student Agile Response Team listings in one convenient spot. There’s a cause for everyone—and every cause needs you.

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.

75% percent of U.S. interns accept 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