Internships

Real-world experience—designed by you

The PACE internship is an integral part of the program, and one that students find immensely rewarding.

A requirement in order to earn the PACE certificate, each internship is designed by students with help from a mentor—resulting in an individualized experience in which students take a leadership role.

What courses do I take for the internship?

The 2 credit hour course PACE-C 295 Citizenship and Careers prepares you for the internship and should be taken early in your curriculum.

The 1 credit hour course PACE-X 473 Internship in PACE is what you enroll in for your internship. A minimum of 1 credit of PACE-X 473 is required for the PACE certificate (you may enroll in up to 6 credit hours depending on your situation). Each credit represents at least 50 hours of work on the internship over at least six weeks.

How do I set up an internship?

You’ll need to propose a plan for your internship to PACE before you arrange it. To do this, submit the Internship Proposal form.

Fill out the Internship Proposal form

What are the goals of the internship?

The internship you structure—with help from the PACE associate director and the site supervisor—will provide opportunities to:

  • Apply what you’ve learned in courses to real-world experiences, reflect on those experiences, and receive feedback to take the next steps to build particular skills
  • Build mentoring relationships with supervisors, faculty, and peers
  • Encounter different kinds of people and perspectives
  • Make contact with professionals working in a field of interest
  • Use your experiences to clarify your values, interests, and personal and career goals

Where have PACE students interned recently?

Students in the PACE program have interned in a variety of organizations throughout the United States and abroad, including:

  • AIESEC in Ghana
  • Alliance for American Manufacturing, Washington, D.C.
  • Citizens for Rauner, Illinois
  • Community Justice and Mediation Center, Restorative Justice Program
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Fresh Air Fund, New York City
  • Gilead House, Kokomo
  • Governor Chris Christie’s office, New Jersey
  • Indiana Democratic Party
  • Indiana Republican Headquarters
  • Indy Parks & Recreation/Mayor’s Office
  • INPIRG IU
  • IU Center for Bioethics, IU Medical School
  • IU Office of Sustainability
  • Jewish United Fund, Chicago Federation
  • Judge Francie Hill’s office (Monroe County Circuit Court Judge)
  • Judge Mary Ann Diekhoff’s court, Bloomington
  • Marion County Republican Central Committee
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns
  • Mental Health America, Tippecanoe
  • Middle Way House, Bloomington
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Indianapolis
  • Office of Minority & Women Business Development, Indianapolis
  • Pen & Publish, Bloomington
  • Protecion de la Famille Morocaine, Morocco
  • Public Employee Relations Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Dick Durbin’s and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s offices, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Richard Lugar’s office/Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Washington, D.C.
  • South Central Community Action Program (Circles Initiative), Bloomington