Internship Program for Staff and Students

Professional Development Internship Program for Staff

The University of Iowa's commitment to professional development and equal opportunity is exemplified by this internship program. A major goal is the professional development of staff, including those from groups underrepresented in the University community. The program enables participants to gain insight and experience in areas that interest them but which may differ from their work responsibilities. Staff are encouraged to pursue avenues that will result in their professional growth.

The expectation is that the skills gained in this program will be beneficial to the University and to the employee. Department administrators consider the knowledge gained from the experience to be an asset to the department as well as to the employee.

Departments throughout campus are available as placement sites for participants in this program. Staff have gained knowledge in areas such as health care, student services, academic departments, or business areas. Opportunities to participate in skill-building or knowledge-building activities within the University of Iowa setting are available to all 50% time or greater staff who have been employed at the University for a period of at least two years.

Applicants may designate the department and area in which they wish to gain experience, or they may designate specific skills they wish to develop. Examples of past projects undertaken by participants include developing a slide show, compiling a needs assessment for departmental staff, assisting in grant writing, collecting data for budget preparation, and writing an orientation manual. Experiences have ranged from participating in departmental meetings, interviewing staff and editing a newsletter, to program planning and development. Examples of past internship sites include University Relations, Internal Audit, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Student Services, ITS, UI Foundation, Learning & Development, Central Microscopy Facility, and Human Resource Services.

The Program Overview provides information for Interns, Supervisors and Cooperating Supervisors.

Eligibility Requirements

All professional and scientific and merit University of Iowa staff members who meet the following qualifications may apply for an internship:

  1. Applicant must be a current University of Iowa employee who holds a regular appointment of 50% time or greater. Staff paid by grant funds are not eligible to participate in an internship during their regularly scheduled work hours.
  2. Applicant must have been employed by the University for two years by the date of application.
  3. Applicant must be successful in his/her current University position.

How To Apply

Application forms are available to interested individuals throughout the year. Please send the completed Internship Program Application to UI Learning & Development, 121-51 USB. Call 319-335-0729 for more information.

Human Resources Internship for Students

Organizational Effectiveness, a unit of HR, offers an internship opportunity each semester to University of Iowa students.

The Human Resources Internship Program for Students will provide hands-on experience working within Human Resources. While the majority of the projects will come from the Organizational Effectiveness unit, special projects may be assigned from other areas of Human Resources, as needs arise. Projects of former HR interns include: developing web site content, creating and providing input on marketing plans, benchmarking, research, etc.

While this is an unpaid internship, academic credit may be available depending upon the college. Internship opportunities are available for the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

Eligibility Requirements and Desired Qualifications

  • Commit a minimum of 10 hours a week and work at least 10 weeks during the course of the semester.
  • University of Iowa students will be given priority but students from other colleges will be considered.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be proficient in computer software applications.
  • Some knowledge of University policies, procedures, and regulations is desired.
  • Related administrative and program experience of six to twelve months is desired.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Teresa Kulper by the deadlines listed below for each semester. Applications will be reviewed after each deadline.

Please apply by the following semester deadlines:

  • May 1 (Summer Semester)
  • July 1 (Fall Semester)
  • December 1 (Spring Semester)
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Learning and Development

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